Mark 10: 48-52
Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Written by: Kyle Glenn
The perfect son of God, the one in whom all things were created (Col 1:16), is so personal that He cares about our greatest need. In Mark 10, Jesus has an encounter with a blind man while He is walking into Jericho. He was not in a hurry, but rather took the time to stop. Too often I am in a hurry and I miss what God has for me. But that’s not the case with Jesus. Jesus moves toward people everyone else has rejected.
Jesus hears him.
Jesus sees him.
And then Jesus calls him.
Jesus asks him a question, “What do you want me to do for you?”
Think about this. If you were to ask this question of someone today, it would probably come as a surprise. Within that question is a self-sacrifice, others-focused, service mentality. It says, “I am here to serve you today.” (Mark 10:45) When God says He loves the world, it is a global statement, but it is also an extremely personal commitment to you.
Jesus hears you.
Jesus sees you.
Jesus calls to you.
Thought of the day: What is your greatest need today? Share that with Jesus. Bartimaeus could have answered that question 1,000 different ways, but he goes after his greatest need—to see. Jesus already knew what his answer would be, but He wanted to give Bart the opportunity to express his faith. Not only did Jesus heal his eyesight, but He met his spiritual needs as well saved him through his faith—and Bartimaeus followed Jesus.
Sometimes, we pray for things that are going to happen anyway. What would it look like to pray big, pray boldly, and pray for the greatest need you have today?
Prayer: God, thank You for the lives that have been changed in this place. As a result, we praise You for lives saved, marriages healed, relationships restored, and addictions broken. You have set people free from the bondage of sin and death. We ask You for exponentially more of this. We pray for the prodigal sons and daughters, that you would bring them home. We pray for addictions to be broken, in Jesus’ name. We pray that generational curses will continue to be confronted, and family trees will be radically changed in this place. In Jesus’ name, amen.