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Powered by 4 - Apr. 28, 2011

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Thursday, April 28

You Want What?

today's reading.
Matthew 20:20-28    Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something...

think about it.
What does this mother ask of Jesus (20:20-21)? How does He answer her (20:22)? What does Jesus encourage them to pursue instead (20:25-28)? Do you think Jesus hears some of your prayers and says "You don't know what you're asking"? Why or why not? Why might it be better to let God have His way than to push our own agenda?

the blog.
In Matthew 20:20-28 we see a mother asking Jesus to have her two sons sit at his right and left hand in heaven. My reaction to this was Wow, what was she thinking? This woman's actions seemed so self-centered and self-serving. And the way she approached Jesus hit me as out of line and kind of crass. Needless to say, it got me thinking about my approach to prayer and what motivates my requests.

So what about you? What is your approach to prayer and how do you determine what requests to put before the Lord? How can you make sure that your requests are properly motivated and God-centered? Tami W.

P.S. How are you liking the Back to the Bible studies this week on prayer?

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