Be Direct With Jesus


Matthew 20:30-34 NIV
Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” [31] The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” [32] Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. [33] “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” [34] Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

This was the passage in my Jesus time reading this morning. As I get older, it is the simple things that seem to knock at my heart more than anything else. This includes simple statements. Jesus responds to desperation. He did here. It is not shocking that the religious, sophisticated, well-ordered crowd told them to shut up. But we all know what it is like to be SO desperate that you stop caring. You keep crying out. The pain, the longing, the dream, the prayer, the heartache, is simply too deep and strong to silence. So they kept crying out.

I like how Jesus did not walk up to them and just heal them. He respectfully asked the two men what it was that they wanted. I heard a joke once that if Jesus had walked up to two Baptists and asked this question, they would have asked for a seeing eye dog. Corny, but kind of funny. But let’s not pick on the Baptist too much. How many Christians would have answered the same way, or, simply beat around the bush with some insecure rant masked in false humility?

Here is what I took from these two guy’s simple response: Be direct with Jesus. Go ahead and shoot straight with Him. He can handle it.

Psalm 62:8 NKJV
Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

Now, one word of caution before I end. Being direct with Jesus is not a spiritual practice to be implemented only in rough times. It must be the language of your heart, the way you relate to Daddy in Heaven. It is sad that we are most direct when times are hard, when we are angry with God, when we are extremely disappointed with how something turned out, or when we are about to throw in the towel.

Be direct with Jesus about the dreams in your heart.

Be direct with Jesus about the dreams that you once thought were from Him and now are not so sure.

Be direct with Jesus about your desire for a wife/husband.

Be direct with Jesus about how you the seasons and timing questions of your heart.

Be direct with Jesus about the areas you are disappointed.

Be direct with Jesus about the risks/adventures you are wanting to take that do not seem that spiritual but sound like a lot of fun.

Be direct with Jesus about the areas you want to go for it but are wondering if He might not be for it for some reason.

Be direct with Jesus about the areas you want the Holy Spirit to transform you.

Be direct with Jesus about your sin.

Be direct with Jesus about laying out a Gideon-type fleece.

Be direct with Jesus about something He did not do that you thought He was going to do, i.e. an area of confusion.

Sit down. Be still. Be quiet. And be direct with Jesus. It touches His heart.

Indirectness is a waste of everybody’s time.


Published by B.J. Condrey, PhD

Dr. Condrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Missouri-KC, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Ethics & Practical Theology from the University of Edinburgh. He is ACSI certified. Dr. Condrey writes courses and teaches Psychology, Bible, and C.S. Lewis at Enlightium Academy, where he began working in 2016. He has served as a youth, young adult, and small group pastor in the local church, and currently teaches Ethics at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has a book published by Wipf & Stock (Breaking Ground) along with other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing, spending time with his family, traveling, trout fishing, family hikes, and drinking coffee! He is passionate about helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart. He has been married since 2009 and has two children.

2 thoughts on “Be Direct With Jesus

  1. I really like this. So often we don’t see when he has answered prayers because our prayers are so vague. Isn’t easier to see that he came through for us when we ask, “Jesus, will you make me see?” than “Jesus, will you help me?” When we are specific, we are less likely to write things off as good fortune or coincidence and more likely to praise Him for being so faithful.


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