Mark 10:35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”
Every time I read this I am amazed at the attitudes of James and John. Can you image walking up to Jesus and telling Him that you want Him to do whatever you ask? Can you imagine trying to tell Jesus what to do?
Maybe it is not as unusual as you think? Maybe we are just as bold as James and John? When did you ever tell Jesus what to do? Every time you pray and tell Him what you want and how you want a situation handled, aren’t you as guilty as James and John? Every time you pray and rattle off your solutions to your problems in life without considering a different answer or other solution, you are trying to manipulate Jesus. Then when Jesus doesn’t do exactly what we told Him and how we told Him to do it, we get mad. Maybe we are more like James and John then we realize.
Jesus wants to know our hurts, bad habits and pains. Jesus wants to hear our voices calling to Him. Jesus loves the sound of our voices. There is just one thing that He ask of us when we pray, we see it in His prayer to God. At the end of each prayer add one simple line: Not my will Lord Jesus, but Your will be done in my life.
May your life be about what Jesus wants for you and not what you want Jesus to do for you.
Daily Readings for the first full week of Lent
Mon Gen 37:1-11 1 Cor 1:1-19 Mark 1:1-13
Tues Gen 37:12-24 1 Cor 1:20-31 Mark 1:14-28
Wed Gen 37:25-36 1 Cor 2:1-13 Mark 1:29-45
Thur Gen 39:1-23 1 Cor 2:14-3:15 Mark 2:1-12
Fri Gen 40:1-23 1 Cor 3:16-23 Mark 2:13-22
Sat Gen 41:1-13 1 Cor 4:1-7 Mark 2:23-3:6
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