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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, March 19, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
These blind beggars could see that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah, while the religious leaders who witnessed Jesus’ miracles were blind to his identity, refusing to open their eyes to the truth. Seeing with your eyes doesn’t guarantee seeing with your heart. (NLT)
Matthew 20:29-34 – As Jesus and the disciples left the city of Jericho, a huge crowd followed behind. Two blind men were sitting beside the road. When they heard that Jesus was coming that way, they began shouting, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The crowd told them to be quiet, but they only shouted louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
Jesus stopped in the road and called, “What do you want me to do for you?”
“Lord,” they said, “we want to see!” Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed him.
Jesus stood still and called them, saying, “What do you want me to do for you?” –Matthew 20:32 (NRSV)
Here is a portion of Christian Coon’s (Illinois) story :
“. . . At our church, we meet a lot of people who are new to faith, and they often have similar questions about prayer. Is there a pattern to use? A system? Will God be mad if I don’t say it correctly? That’s one reason I find today’s reading so helpful. . . .
“This is a good model for our own prayers. Imagine Jesus asking you, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ Christ wants to know our deep desires and then to open our eyes to see where he is present in our lives. When we are not overly concerned with how we pray, we can speak from our hearts and receive Christ’s abundant mercy.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can be honest in my prayers.
Prayer: Lord of life, show us your mercy and help us to see how deeply you love us. Lead us into a closer relationship with you. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/