“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” (Mark 10:51)
Jesus is walking on the dusty road when he hears the repeated plea, “Son of David, have mercy on me.” He stops and calls for the blind man to come to him. It seems obvious what the man needs, but Jesus still asks him. Only when Bartimaeus expresses his longing to be healed, does Jesus restore his sight.
Often I do what Bartimaeus did. I call on God in vague terms, asking Him to ‘bless’ my family or ‘pour out mercy’ on my country. Yet, since I read this verse, I’ve been praying in more specific ways. Recently I was a trainer at a Writing Workshop. Speaking makes me nervous. I worry that my voice will shake or I will forget my carefully prepared words. So I prayed specifically that God would take away any tension as I stood up to speak. It was only when I looked back over the morning that I realized I had not had a single moment of nervousness. My request wasn’t as big as that of Bartimaeus but God still faithfully answered my specific prayer!
Today, I encourage you to answer Jesus’ question: “What do you want me to do for you?” Big or small, He can fulfil your request.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your love, faithfulness and willingness to get involved in my life. Help me to understand my own needs better and bring each one of them to you. Today, I want you to….
Joan Campbell is the author of the Poison Tree Path Chronicles through Enclave Publishing. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, with her husband, two daughters, and their Labrador, Tabeal, named after one of the characters in the first of her series Chains of Gwyndorr.