image  32They were on the road going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking on ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were fearful. And again He took the twelve aside and began to tell them what was going to happen to Him,

33saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and (the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles.

34″They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again.”

35James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, came up to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You.”

36And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?”

37They said to Him, “Grant that we may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory.” -Mk 10

Jesus was having a closed discussion with the disciples. He was giving classified information.  He was giving them an inside look at the kingdom.  The Son of God was speaking of his own death, burial, and resurrection.  Here was Jesus, laying out his agenda.  The agenda that God had set up. The agenda that would change the world. Soak that moment in.  Jesus, being transparent and revealing history to the disciples.

They pause.  

James and John approach Jesus.  “We want you to do for us whatever we ask.”

Record scratch.  Music stops.

James and John continue, “We want to sit with you in Glory.”

A collision of agendas.  Were these guys not paying attention when Jesus was pouring out his heart?  Were they more worried about their future than the life changing plan of Christ?  

What about my agendas?  Many of my prayers ignore what God is doing.  I’m too busy thinking of my own plans and asking God to elevate them.  Am I not listening to what he wants to say to me?  Is he speaking and I am too busy to hear his heart?  Am I unaware of living for his agenda because I am too consumed with mine?

Many times my prayers are more like directions to God. “Heal this, move here, make this big, remove this obstacle.”  These are all my ideas for solutions.  These are my agendas.  Maybe I need to pray less on my agenda and listen more to what he is saying.

Listen more.  Speak less.  

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