No games needed


Luke 18:41 (ESV): 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.”


Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem for the last time. Immediately before this story, Jesus foretold his death for the third time to the disciples.

Now as they neared Jericho, a blind beggar heard that he was coming and began to call upon Jesus to have mercy on him.

The crowd tried to hush the beggar, but he got Jesus’ attention. Jesus simply asked what the man wanted. When he answered, Jesus gave the man his desire.


Sometimes we make prayer a lot harder and more involved that it is or needs to be.

Of course, there are various conditions to prayer – God’s will, a right relationship with God and others, etc. – may preclude us from having our prayers answered.

Truly, however, prayer is not that difficult. God doesn’t play games in prayer. Ask God what you want and believe him for it.

If God doesn’t answer with a yes, then we should trust him that as a loving father he knows what is best for his children. But until he says no, we should trust him as children do their loving father, to do good for us.


Heavenly Father, thank you for being good and being my father. Help my faith to be marked by simple trust and straightforward requests. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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