Matthew records the story of two blind men who cried out loudly for Jesus to “have mercy” on them. Jesus stopped and asked a peculiar question:
What do you want me to do for you? Matt. 20:32
It was obvious the men were blind. Why would Jesus ask what they wanted? Because He wanted to hear them verbalize their specific need.
Getting into the specifics encourages ongoing conversation. Sometimes I pray quick prayers, like, “God, I need You today.” What if He responded, “What do you want me to do for you?” It would cause me to stop and share with Him my activities throughout the day. It would also prolong our time together and enrich our relationship.
Next time you bring a simple request to the Lord, imagine Him asking you what you want Him to do for you. See what a difference it makes in your conversation with the Almighty.