What Do You Want?
Most People Don't Know What They Want
Most of us can’t articulate what we want. We think we want one thing when actually we want something else. When we go to the department store and the clerk asks, "May I help you." We say, “We are just looking.”
At the restaurant when the waiter comes to take our order, we say, “I haven’t made up my mind yet. May I have a little more time to think about what I want?”
We test drive several cars on the lot and still don’t make up our minds until someone else has bought the car we thought we wanted. Even when we pray, we don't say exactly what we want, We default to saying, “Bless me, God, bless me . . .” But what have you really asked for? “What do you want?”
One reason you are not getting what you want is that you are not asking for what you want. Throughout the Bible, we see what people asked for, and they got what they wanted. We can get what we want when we articulate what it is.
One reason you are not getting what you want is because you are not asking for what you want.
Ask For Exactly What You Want
Often people ask for what they want in a roundabout way. Money is the first thing most people pray for. Money is not what you should pray for. Money is not the primary thing you want because when you get the money, you will spend it on what you want. Why don't you ask for the primary thing you want instead of money since it is really the secondary thing?
Pray directly for what you want and skip the roundabout prayer. Pray for what you really want. Who knows, someone might give you what you want without you having to pay for it. What exactly do you want?
Hannah Knew What She Wanted
Hannah knew exactly what she wanted, and she didn't hesitate to pray for it. She prayed for a male child. She didn't just pray for just any child. She was specific. She prayed for a male child because at that time it was a disgrace for a woman to be barren and not have a son.
Because Hannah knew what she wanted, she prayed for a son and Samuel was born (1 Samuel 1:1-20).
Joshua Knew What He Wanted
Joshua was fighting a battle and it was beginning to get dark. Joshua was very specific in his prayer. He prayed to God to allow him to finish the battle before it got dark. The sun stood still until Joshua won the battle.
The Bible says, "On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel: "O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon. So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day."
Joshua was granted his request because he was specific. He prayed for exactly what he wanted (Joshua 10:12-14).
Blind Bartimaeus Knew What He Wanted
Blind Bartimaeus was a beggar and could have asked Jesus for anything when Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?" Blind Bartimaeus did not ask for money to have an eye operation. He didn't ask for money so he could buy the best clothes or buy food.
Blind Bartimaeus was very specific. He responded to Jesus' question by saying, “I want my sight.” And Bartimaeus received exactly what he asked for . . . his sight (Mark 10:46-52).
Our Life Application
What is the life application for us? Like Hannah and Joshua in the Old Testament, let's be specific. Let's ask God for what we want.
Like Bartimaeus in the New Testament, let's be specific. Let's ask for what we want without doing so in a roundabout way or beating around the bush.