One of the most significant questions you can ask a person is “What do you want?” When King Artaxerxes saw Nehemiah’s sadness, that is exactly what he asked him. (See Nehemiah 2:4.) What is equally significant is that Nehemiah was able to answer the king specifically. He said, “Let [the king] send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I can rebuild it” (v. 5).
Nehemiah knew his clear guiding vision, and his plan was so specific that he was able to give the king a time frame for completing it. (See verse 6.)
You need to seriously ask yourself the same question: What do I want? Do you know what you really want out of life? Some people want to indulge in self-serving activities. Others think life begins at retirement, and they miss out on practically their entire lives. Some people just want to own a nice house and car. Fine. Then what? There has to be something more to life than the things we accumulate.
In Luke 12:15, Jesus said, “A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
In order to find your vision, you must be in touch with the values and priorities of the kingdom of God. Your vision should be something that lives on after you’re gone, something that has greater lasting power than possessions. People’s lives should be changed by your vision. What do you want?
The King of Kings is asking you this question today, and you must be able to give Him an answer.
My King and Father, Your Word says that if we call to You, You will hear us. Please help me to answer the question, “What do I really want?” Confirm the vision you have placed in my heart and give me clear direction. In Jesus’ precious name, amen.
Thought: You need to seriously ask yourself, What do I want?
Reading: Proverbs 1–2; 1 Corinthians 16
-Daily Power And Prayer Devotional (Myles Munroe)