Today's devotion for today is based on Mark 10:35, "James and John came to him. 'Teacher,' they said, 'we want you to do for us whatever we ask."
I'm amazed at their arrogance, both in wanting positions of power alongside Jesus and in their assumption that they can manipulate him. I get why the other disciples are outraged when they hear what the brothers are trying to arrange. Jesus, on the other hand, answers their demands by calling them to the way his kingdom operates, not in power, but service to others.
"Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." Isn't this the prayer of every one of us at some time in our lives? God, you need to do this for me: heal me, help me, show me, make me, give me whatever I ask.
Jesus' reply shows us the blindness of such prayers. We can't see the full picture – where our lives are going and the ramifications of our request/demands. Only God, seeing it all, knowing the beginning and the end.
He tells us that the way of his kingdom is a surrender to God's oversight. Jesus calls us away from getting power to fulfill our desires. He calls us to a willing surrendering of self to serve God and others, to give ourselves away in God's beautiful redemptive purpose.
Please pray with me the words of Jesus, "Abba, Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will." Amen