“What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said, to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” – Mark 10:51

Getting specific in what you want from God is important. By getting specific, I do not mean that we start naming all the things and blessings we would like to have; rather, I mean that we get specific in prayer about what the read needs are. Bartimaeus, here in Mark 10, is asked by the Lord, “What do you want me to do for you?” and Bartimaeus replies very specifically, “Let me recover my sight.”

The loving and gracious heart of Christ is open to our getting very specific about needs we bring to Him. We see this throughout Scripture in various places. In 2 Kings 4, a widow is greatly concerned about her creditors taking her two children to be slaves in order to pay her debts, so Elisha asks her, “What shall I do for you–tell me . . . ” (2 Kings 4:2)

In the same chapter, Elisha, speaks to the wealthy Shunammite woman, who has no children, “What shall be done for you?; what then shall be done for her?” (4:13-14) She then is given a son by the Lord in her old age.

The Lord Jesus often asked people such questions as “What would you have me do for you?” How would we answer this line of questioning? It becomes important in prayer not to remain vague or general, but get down to what there is real need of and to tell the Lord about it specifically. Be specific with your Father in heaven, for He knows what things we have need of before we ask–therefore, ask and be specific. Fear not, little flock, it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

As praying people, we ought always to be specific in prayer, because this pleases the Lord.

– Mack Tomlinson

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