And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?" And they said to him, "We are able." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized, but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared."—Mark 10:35-40
This is not the first time the disciples had introduced the topic of "who is the greatest" — as self-incriminating as it might be. Not too long before this, Jesus confronted the disciples about a secret debate on the same subject.
But notice how patient Jesus is. Given a debate about selfish matters, Jesus still allows his men to ask a precarious question. He listens, providing space to process their request. And instead of scolding them, he kindly explains what they want is not possible, letting them learn through the experience the limits of their wishes.
We should love this moment and learn from it — that Jesus wants men to ask. Asking, even when the motives are wrong or the request is impossible, is a means of learning. It is far better than not asking and never learning. And Jesus is never irritated, scolding, or impatient, so maybe it's time to pray and learn? Today acknowledge everything you have prayed for over the last week. You have asked. You have confessed. You have thanked God in prayer. You have prayed for a friend. And you have shared an unreasonable prayer request. Now today reflect on what you have learned! God's classroom is the best class and he is a great teacher, but we must ask and learn from Him.
DO THIS: This is our final day of focusing on the spiritual discipline of prayer.
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
Share: in the comments below, something you learned while talking with God. For example, "I learned that God was eager to hear" or "I learned that I needed to ask not just for one thing but many."
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