And stopping, Jesus called them and said, ‘What do you want me to do for you?

Matthew 20:32

When Jesus and the disciples left Jericho, there were two blind men calling after Him even though the crowd tried to quiet them. Jesus asked, “What do you want?” It was obvious they wanted healing, but Jesus made them verbalize it. Wouldn’t it have been strange for the blind men to answer, “Or nothing really, Jesus…just bless our lives and that’s good enough for now.”

We serve the same Jesus, and He’s still asking us the question, “What do you want?” Verbalizing our requests helps us discover our true motives. When we take the time to hear ourselves pray, our understanding is broadened and the Holy Spirit prompts us to pray more God-centered rather than us-centered prayers more specifically.

Yet do we know what we want from God? It’s surprising that many of us haven’t actually thought through and verbalized what we want God to do for us. Something happens on the inside of us when we speak out to God with clarity in our requests. We can sense the peace of God that He has heard our prayers and will answer them according to His will (1 John 5:15). Instead of being vague, we can be specific in our requests and know our prayers have been answered.

We can overcome the timidity of holding back what we really want. God knows it, anyway, and He can move our hearts to be in alignment with His will. He may not always answer how or when we want; however, He will listen and answer the prayers of those who follow Him with a pure heart.


Dear Lord, You know my heart’s desire, and I want them to be perfectly aligned with Your will. Help me to verbalize clearly in praying Your will for my life. Amen.

In His Service,

Crystal McDowell Signature