Wednesday, April 3, 2013

"You Don't Know What You Are Asking."



Matthew 20:
20Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.

21“What is it you want?” he asked.

She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”

22“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”
“We can,” they answered.

23Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”

Verse 22:  Jesus said to them:  “You don’t know what you are asking.”

The mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons and asked a favor of him.  Of course, Jesus could not grant what she requested, but it really looked logical from her viewpoint.  However, Jesus knew she had no idea the price to be paid for this answered prayer.

We have probably all prayed specific prayers for our kids from our human perspective which looked like the right thing, but really we had no idea what we were asking.

What if God granted those requests?  Would our kids be better off or worse because they received what we thought was best?

I still want to be specific when I pray, but I definitely want to have an agreement with God, "Not my will, but Yours be done."  

Prayer:
Lord, thank you for not answering all of my prayers the way I pray them.  Thank you that you see my heart and know I only want your best.  Never give me what I want but totally what you want. 

Give me the mind of Christ.  Give me discernment and words of knowledge to know how to pray the right things.  Prepare me and my kids for all that is ahead.  In Jesus Name.