Jesus, Son of David….have mercy on me! It was a desperate cry of one in agony. The man screamed even louder and harder when people around him hushed him…have mercy upon me Son of David he continued to cry. Jesus heard his call and responded to the agony in his voice. Jesus Christ asked him…”What do you want me to do for you?” The man did not continue in the state of wailing; but responded “Rabbi, I want to see”. The Lord’s response was “Go,”….”Your faith has healed you” Mark 10:46 – 52.
Unrelenting in prayer….. Bartimaeus kept on calling Jesus Christ despite the hindrances. Like Bartimaeus, we also have needs in our lives …needs that only God in his might can deal with. Normally, as we start to call upon Jesus Christ or try to reach out to him …disruptions spring up hindering one’s prayers. The strategy of the enemy is to ensure that one does not ask, so that one remains burdened and in bondage.
I like the lesson from Bartimaeus… for not only did he remain calling the LORD Jesus Christ, but he did so with an increased passion. Yes, the enemy can use circumstances or persons to derail us from prayer; but the emphasis is to maintain the unwavering focus on God to finally enjoy the results of effective Prayers.
Isn’t God all knowing?… Some people reason that one does not need to ask God for anything. In this portion, we see Jesus Christ asking ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ It reminds me of another time when God asked Solomon ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you’. Just like Solomon expressed a need …a request which pleased God…so did Bartimaeus. Do we pray according to the will of God?
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us…whatever we ask…we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:14 – 15.