If Jesus asked you, “What do you want me to do for you?” what would you say. Unlike James and John, who last week asked Jesus to do for them whatever they asked, Bartimaeus cries out to Jesus for Mercy. His simple prayer comes not out of a selfish desire for his own advancement, but from the simple knowledge of his need for Jesus to be at work in his life.
‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!
‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him,
‘Lord, let me see again.’
In those few words lie one of the simplest and most beautiful prayers in all of scripture. If only this was a prayer that we too were willing to pray.
What a world it could be if we were to dare to pray in the same way. For only when we dare to let Jesus open our eyes can we see things as they truly are. In what area of your life I wonder would you like Jesus to open your eyes so you could see more clearly?
‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Jesus says to Bartimaeus. Immediately he regains his sight and follows him on the way. Jesus promises the same for you and me too. Why not ask him and see for yourself?
Til next time Andrew
Rev. Andrew Smith
Vicar of Light in the Hills