“Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.”
Mark 10:46-52 NKJV
“What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer
Oh, what peace we often forfeit
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer
Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer”
Prayerlessness is a problem. God has given me a passion to intercede on behalf of others. I have learned the true significance of the veil in the temple being rent from top to botton upon the crucifixion of Jesus. Jesus was the veil, and His body was rent, giving us access to God.
Because of that access, I can enter in to the Holy of Holies, and lift up others directly to the throne of God. So many of us neglect so great a gift, as if we don’t want to bother God with our problems. I have learned that God has so much love for us, that we cannot begin to fathom the depth of it.
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”
I John 3:1-3 NKJV
By God’s love we are transformed and made into the image of Jesus. We are made new and set apart from the world, so that those outside the household of faith can see His glory in us. That transforming power is something to cry out for, as it brings newness of life.
I happened on the passage in Mark, and I could almost see the blind Bartimaeus, sightless, desiring to see.
Through my reading, I sense the desperation, as he cries out, unrelenting, even as many sought to shut him up. I am sure that he was seen as unworthy, a nobody, one who should not dare to address one as important as the Lord.
With all the important people in the world, I am always amazed when God comes to visit with me in the spirit. He makes each morning nothing short of thrilling, as He shines a light on something in His word, making a stronger connection between my head and my heart.
I remember my five week “retreat” in the Mayo Clinic back in 2004, when the Lord taught me His desire for those who call upon His Name. He desires to be alone with us as He was with Adam in the cool of the day.
I send out hundreds of messages to people on my prayer list each week. I also pray for those who send back requests. I am amazed at so few asking for prayer. Each day I read posts in social media, from people professing to be believers, grieving over some wrong they perceive. There is much talk of their struggles and losses. When I read these posts, I wonder if they have approached the Lord in prayer over them.
Brothers and sisters, let’s be squeaky wheels. Let us take the things that trouble us to the Lord in prayer. Let us cry out to Jesus about everything. Let us also consider the answers, or the lack there of. I have also found that the act of going to God in prayer has had a profound effect on me, as I have spent more and time in His presence. That increased conscious contact has infused every aspect of my life, from my bible study, to my interactions with others.
We are entering uncertain times and our world is becoming more and more uncomfortable. I have found that I find peace when I cling to the Lord. He is a steady anchor when the seas are rough and choppy. Many of us feel like we have been set adrift, as those we have misplaced our trust in, have fallen to defeat. It is time to turn to the Lord.
“I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles.”
Psalms 34:4-6 NKJV
As this world appears to be careening toward oblivion, we can have confidence that God is sovereign, and that He knew of all that is to come from the foundation of creation. There is nothing coming that He did not ordain.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
I know that I can trust in God. Going back to blind Bartimaeus in Mark, I consider his persistence. though all around him sought to discourage, he still cried out. He cried out until Jesus answered his cries. Believers, keep crying out to God in these desperate times and do not stop. Many around us will seek to shut us up, to tempt us away from reliance on God, and turn us toward reliance on men and women of flesh. Flesh fails.
Keep praying. Never stop. Pray for the impossible because all things are possible with God.
“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.”
James 5:16-18 NKJV