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How to approach our Lord? (Part I)

Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus with her two sons. She bowed down in front of him to ask him for a favor. "What do you want?" he asked her. She said to him, "Promise that one of my sons will sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom." Jesus replied, "You don't realize what you're asking. Can you drink the cup that I'm going to drink?" "We can," they told him.
[Matthew 20:20-22]

This verse highlights the way mother of Zebedee's sons approached and put forward her request to Lord. This same incident is available in Mark 10 within verses 35 onwards. The difference between the same incident recorded by Matthew and Mark is that in book of Matthew as “the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus with her two sons” and in book of Mark as “Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him". Even though there is a difference of who is actually asking Jesus, but the reason and the request put forward in both these reference is same, they needed a favor from Jesus.

If we see our lives we also come to our Lord Jesus when we want a favor from him. We would be having some issues or facing some problem, health wise or financially and that’s the time when we actually look to Lord asking for a favor. This favour we want is to get us out of the problem situation. There are instance when there is actually no issue or problem but we would want to get a position or a level or reorganization among a group of people. There is no doubt that some of us will look to Lord asking his favor to get this done for us.

Let’s see the approach part in detail:
The approach as mentioned in Matthew 20:20 “kneeling down, asked a favor of him” [GW: She bowed down in front of him to ask him for a favor] was a humble way of approach. Bowing down is showing our respect to the person in front of us. 

Word of God in Psalm 95:6 says “let's worship and bow down. Let's kneel in front of the LORD, our maker”. The main highlight of the text here is the approach, which needs to be humble and showing our respect to Lord. The request made with this humble approach, as mentioned in the verse that we read earlier, we see the approach made to Lord was with a favor of position.
"Promise that [NIV: Grant that] one of my sons will sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom." [Matthew 20:21]

“Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.”
[Mark 10:37]

This request was made to make sure James and John, the sons of Zebedee would make their position permanent in the heaven, and where they will be when they reach the kingdom of God. We can see that this was a very selfish approach. This highlights the selfishness of James and John, and their want for position. Our request should never be based on our selfishness or with a selfish nature. There are chances such request are never heard. Bible says in James 4:3 “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures”. Selfish prayers and request will not be honored by God.

A similar scenario but with a humble approach and positive favour request is visible if we read further the Matthew 20: 29-34. Here as they [Jesus and disciples] were leaving Jericho, two blind men sitting by the road. The way they approached Lord was:

“Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us”. [Matthew 20:30]. This is a way to show that we need Lords help and his mercy, and that we humbly request that from him. These people were blind and they knew about Jesus and the miracles done by him.

Remaining in next part (Part II)...

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