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Each Friday my writing stems from a word prompt. Five minutes, one word prompt. The prompt this week is … Question.

A question is a sentence posed to another individual in order to get information from their response.

I can well remember each of my children raising a finger to point at something and asking the question: “What’s that?”. Over and over throughout the day, the question was asked repeatedly. It was the means by which they learned and expanded their vocabulary.

Jesus also asked many questions …

  • “But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor?” (Matthew 5:13)
  • “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (Matthew 6:27)
  • “Why did you doubt me?” (Matthew 14:31)
  • “Would anyone light a lamp and then put it under a basket or under a bed?” (Mark 4:21)
  • “Who touched my robe?” (Mark 5:30)
  • “But who do you say I am?” (Mark 8:29)
  • “Why worry about the speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?” (Luke 6:41)
  • “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? (Luke 15:4)
  • “Would you like to get well?” (John 5:6)
  • “Are you also going to leave?” (John 6:67)
  • “Who are you looking for?” (John 20:15)
  • “Fellows, have you caught any fish?” (John 21:5)

In looking at the questions, I wondered why Jesus so often asked questions of His disciples, and those people He encountered. He knows all things and so it was not for the sake of gaining information.

In asking questions, He was brings us to discover what is hidden in our hearts.
May we listen intently to the questions He asks of us.