Questions Jesus Asks: What do you want me to do for you?

September 21
Jesus stood still and called them, saying, “What do you want me to do for you?
Matthew 20:32 

29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”  31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”  32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.  33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”  34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.  

There are times in our lives that we cry out to Jesus and we know exactly what our needs are; other times we think we know our needs, still other times that we have no clue what we need, yet our spirit compels us to turn to the only source we know.  Why would Jesus ask this question of us?  Is it to test our self-awareness?  Our motivation?  Is it to test our understanding of who Jesus is?  Do we underestimate the ability of God to provide for us?  Are we even aware of our deeper needs, or do they get overshadowed by our inability to see past the surface?

Just before this encounter with the two blind men, Jesus asked the same question of the mother of James and John (vs. 21).  Her response?  ‘Command that these two sons of mine may sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.’  Her desire from Jesus was for power for her sons.  How different that is from the request made by the blind men, who seek mercy and physical healing. 

Two brothers ask (here through their mother, in Mark’s gospel more directly) ‘expand my power,’ two blind men ask, ‘expand our vision.’ 

Is the desire of our heart for power, influence, and domination?  Or, do we, like the blind men, recognize our poverty, brokenness, blindness – our need for God – and simply seek the mercy that Jesus so compassionately gives?

Jesus asks, “What do you want me to do for you?”  How shall we respond?

MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
- Thomas Merton, “
Thoughts in Solitude

25 Responses to “Questions Jesus Asks: What do you want me to do for you?”

  • Powerful stuff! Thank you for this devotional–along with the worship experience in Tuesday’s Chapel, it’s a great reminder to look to the One who asks the questions and knows the answers.

  • I was searching Yahoo and I came across your website. I am very glad I did, you have a lot of great information here. I also love your layout, you have made it very simple to find everything. I have bookmarked your site and I will return shortly. Keep up the excellent work. Thanks. Click Here

  • I’m only 17 but I have been reading The Bible for 6 years now!

  • A man who wants something will find a way. A man who doesn\’t will find an excuse.

  • well i wasnt intending comming here :o) was trying to find some thing compleatly various but wound up here and glad i did :) food for thought perhaps for a short article i was planning on so will link back to here if thats ok ? and may well i wish you a happy new year.

  • Spot on with this write-up, I truly think this website needs much more consideration. I’ll probably be again to read much more, thanks for that info.

  • I am really thankful to this topic because it really gives great information :,-

  • Whats up, All of us enjoy your current web-site! That is a terrific page. All of us look forward to reading much more exciting tips that you may be writing within the forthcoming. We have discovered a great deal with this. Outstanding post.

  • Thank you it will have became beneficial for many people.

  • Strange this submit is totaly unrelated to what I was searching google for, but it was listed on the very first page. I guess your doing some thing right if Google likes you enough to place you on the 1st page of a non related search.

  • I am often to blogging and i really appreciate your content. thanks

  • I am also writing to make you understand what a superb encounter our girl gained studying your web page. She noticed plenty of details, not to mention how it is like to possess an awesome helping style to let many people without difficulty completely grasp several very confusing matters. You actually exceeded visitors’ expectations. Thanks for churning out those beneficial, trusted, revealing and in addition cool tips on that topic to Gloria.

  • Excellent item, I really respect your work. I’ll share this with my friends on Facebook

  • i need some answer i think the holey father give me the power to heal people. i use to see things tell people it will come true i want to get save again ,sometime i just don,t no what to do .i can feel the holey spirt in my body .am i going out of my mine

  • Nice post!!! Thank you very much for sharing.

  • I really like it. Great post!

  • hmm decent ahaha we favor this unique selected

  • Keep up the excellent work, very nice blog :-)

  • I had my windshield replaced the other day. Today I noticed a small crack that I’m certain was not previously there. Is this coincidental or was it probably caused by the windshield replacement?

  • i dont want nothing from jesus,i’m jesus why well i been torture my intire life i was born with speech inpediment and one ear at age two they vicined me that cripple both legs because my father fough the communist regime in cuba,at age 6 they torture me in the hospital for the same reason,i came to the USA at age 12 at age 13 i was molested by a priest i think because he park the car next to a catholic church.i got beatup at age 19 left for dead,i been sleeping with prostitute my intire life probably have aids but dont die because have a cell that kill virus how age 26 insane paranoid schizophrenic drink pills,depress all the time personallity desorde probably autistic too, while insane i posses supernatural powers,now that i’m on pills no supernaturals power

  • For the reason that the admin of this website is working, no doubt
    very quickly it will be famous, due to its quality contents.

  • Hello, I think your post was awesome. you can also check my site click here

  • Nice sharing of this good post. Impressive writing. Will come to read your blog again

  • Thanks for any other fantastic post. Where else could anybody get that kind of information in such a perfect means of writing? I have a presentation subsequent week, and I’m on the look for such information.

Leave a Reply