Mark 10:35- “Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him asking,”Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask”. And He said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?”
In my mind he is smiling, already knowing what ridiculous, selfish thing they will ask.
But there it is. Our attitude toward Jesus as talisman, our holy rabbits foot. And if we wear him around our neck, scrub our faces, and recite the words of a prayer fervently enough, then we can ask Him for anything and He must do it. Right? That’s what James and John seem to be thinking, at any rate.
They probably didn’t snap their fingers, but the request rings with over-confidence and familiarity. Perhaps they thought they were obeying him, after all, he had told them to ask for everything in prayer.
But He is not a Blessed Slot Machine, where you put in a coin, pull his arm, and out tumble all of your requests right on cue and in order.
James and John had forgotten His perfection, beauty, holiness, and purpose. And their great poverty.
And we still do the same all too easily.
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