The story I have preached more than any other story in the Bible is in Mark chapter 10. It is the story of Blind Bartimaeus–
“Then they came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here.” So they *called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you.”50 Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus. 51 And answering him, Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.” -Mark 10:46-52
To me the question Jesus asks Bartimaeus is the question that Jesus puts before all of us at various times in our life. Not because He is unaware of what the answer will be, but because He wants us to have our opportunity for our faith to be strengthened. There is something about verbalizing our request before God that not only demonstrates, but also encourages our faith as He answers.
I want you right now to think about what you desire the Lord to do for you. If you were standing before Him now on that Jericho road and Jesus asked, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
Share that with Jesus now! Pray for that in faith!
Tomorrow’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 15 & 16