As Jesus and his disciples were going out of Jericho a large crowd followed him. When two blind men sitting along the road heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, “Show us mercy, Lord, Son of David!” Now the crowd scolded them and told them to be quiet. But they shouted even louder, “Show us mercy, Lord, Son of David!” Jesus stopped in his tracks and called to them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord, we want to see,” they replied. Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they were able to see, and they followed him (Matthew 20:29-34, Common English Bible).
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There is one last thing I want to lift up about this story before moving on. It has to do with our prayer lives.
This story confirms something for us that perhaps we have already known for some time and have failed to put into practice when we pray. We often pray things like, “Lord, I want to be more faithful in serving the world.” When in truth, we should be praying that but also adding to it, “…help me to find uses for my carpentry skills, perhaps through volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.
When I read this lesson I am struck by the idea that these blind men were shouting, “Show us mercy, Lord, Son of David!” There is nothing specific here. It is a generalized , “show us mercy.” Think about that for a minute. These men sat in a conspicuous place every day to beg money from passers by. What if Jesus would have thrown a couple of coins their way. Would Jesus not be showing these two blind men mercy by giving them something that would help to at least their immediate needs? Sure, a couple of coins would at least help with the purchase of food that would meet the immediate need of hunger.
The question really becomes, would the gift of a couple of coins meet their real need. Jesus knew the real need in the story and it wasn’t to give someone a couple of coins. He knew exactly what the men wanted. But, instead of just giving the men what they needed, Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do?”
When we first pick up this lesson and read Jesus’ question, the first thing to go through the minds of many people is, “Well there is a stupid question. There blind, of course they want to see.”
But this is not a stupid question. Without question, Jesus knew their needs. Jesus knew their desires before they ever asked. Still, for reasons we may never know, God expects us to ask, to be specific in the things we really want done in our lives.
“What do you want?” Jesus asks.
“We want to see,” was the men’s reply.
We want to see as well. Perhaps in we learn to be specific in prayer, God will help us to see too, to see spiritually.
What have you specifically asked of God in prayer?
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy and Thanksgiving,
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