Jesus is on his way to Jericho to encounter Zacchaeus when he meets a blind man at the entrance to the city. I understand this man’s persistence. Many times I’ve responded to Jesus in a similar way, refusing to let the crowd keep me from crying out for Jesus’ help, whether I’m begging for physical healing, wanting intervention in a tough circumstance, seeking guidance through a difficult situation, or asking for patience during a trying time.
Jesus asks, “What do you want me to do for you?” and the man responds with a specific request, “Lord, let me see again” (v. 41). He doesn’t ask for the money he obviously needs, since he has to beg for his living. He asks for sight.
When we talk with Jesus about our needs, are we this bold and this honest? We need to learn from the man at the city gates and do likewise. He proclaims his heartfelt request. We don’t know his backstory, but we witness his courage in the face of those who try to diminish his faith.
Maybe we pray timidly because we fear God’s response. We don’t want to be disappointed. Or perhaps we withhold our heartfelt requests because we feel we don’t deserve God’s attention or healing. When have we let others interfere or distract us from sharing our lives with God?
“Your faith has saved you,” Jesus tells the man as he gives him what he most wants and needs. “And all the people, when they saw it, praised God” (vv. 42-3). Apparently, the man at the gate helped everyone see that day when he answered Jesus’ question to him boldly.
How would you answer Jesus’ question, “What do you want me to do for you?” What stops you from asking God for what you most need and want?
Gracious God, help me pray boldly and wholeheartedly, sharing myself fully with you. Thank you for listening. Amen.