Thursday Tips: Blind Request
Check out chapter 10 of the book of Mark. There’s a story there about a blind man (Bartimaeus) who was begging by the road. As Jesus and his disciples pass the man cries out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Some of the people were annoyed with him, but the man continued to only shout louder. Jesus finally responds and asks him this question: “What do you want me to do for you?”
Sometimes I struggle with how to pray more specifically. This story has challenged me to do just that. I’ll catch you after the video…
In Wide Awake Erwin McManus writes, “Now isn’t that a strange question? I mean, a blind man walks up to him, and Jesus asks, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ To begin with, Jesus is supposed to be God. Shouldn’t he already know what the blind man wants? But even if he wasn’t God and he was just intuitive, surely, with a blind guy standing in front of Him, what Bartimaeus wants would be pretty obvious…. Why make something so obvious a point of emphasis? It’s all about the question: ‘What do you want me to do for you?'”
He asks the same question of you as you approach the Throne of Grace.
Asking and Following,