“Jesus said, ‘What can I do for you?’
The blind man said, ‘Rabbi I want to see.’
‘On your way,’ said Jesus. ‘Your faith has saved and healed you.’
In that very instant he recovered his sight and followed Jesus down the road.’”
—Mark 10:51 (The Message)
When Jesus was approached by lepers and blind men, he often asked them a question before healing them. I used to wonder why he asked what they wanted Him to do for them. Their need for healing was so obvious. Why did he ask?
I now believe Jesus asked to increase the recipient’s blessing. Asking for help causes us to take stock of our situation. Asking helps us to humbly recognize our true needs. Asking helps us to humbly recognize our helplessness to fix things in our own strength with our own abilities. Asking engages our faith, and our hope. Asking prepares the heart for thankfulness and praise when our request is granted.
Have you asked for healing from the trauma of abuse? Have you asked for specific healing for wounds that affect your behavior?
God is able…just ask, saying specifically what you are asking him to do for you.