When I am (we are) “blinded” by circumstances and face situations when we don’t know what to do these passages about the formerly sightless Bartimaeus are full of wisdom.
And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.__Matthew 20: 29-34KJV
And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.__ Mark 10:46-52KJV
Three points stand out:
- Bartimaeus cried out. He was loud. So loud that others tried dissuade his cries for help. He meant to be heard by Jesus. Bartimaeus call out to the power of the Messiah,” Son of David.”
- At the behest of Bartimaeus’ (and our cries), Jesus stands still.
- (And as Pastor AG so lovingly pointed out in his message last year) Jesus wants us to tell him what we want because we need to hear ourselves ask (God) for what we need. God is honored by our requests.
Yes, God knows our needs. But our faith is built upon answered prayers. Prayers not uttered are mere wishes. If we have confidence in God’s care for us and His power to provide then we can boldly ask for our hearts desires.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.__ Matthew 7:7-8