Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.…
"While admitting the potency of the prayer of faith, it is not to be supposed that every petition which may be presented will be complied with: —
1. God in His Providence ordinarily acts within fixed laws, and with these He rarely dispenses. A high place in the kingdom of the future will not be an arbitrary gift, but the result of the course pursued here.
2. The important thing for us is attention to our duty, and leave the rest to Providence.
3. No envious speculations can assist our progress heavenward.
(H. B. Moffat, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.