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Jesus stated: “What do you want Me to do for you?”

Stacy had prayed such a lovely prayer. Yet, to be honest, she had skimmed over what she was really needing Jesus to do on her behalf. Submerged deep within her heart was a desire which she had given up on and tried hard to suppress. However, the Lord was impressing upon her heart to bring to His throne room of grace the one thing she was trying to ignore. Finally, Stacy got honest with Jesus. She put aside her doubts, her fears, her unbelief, and her disappointment, and just got honest before the Lord.

Today’s truth comes from Mark 10:46-52.

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)

I want to note a few ensuing traits and action steps regarding Bartimaeus.

1.) He recognized that Jesus was near. Notice in verse 47, “When he heard that it was Jesus.”

2.) He cried out.

3.) He was desperate. Bartimaeus was desperate for Jesus and for His help. Notice in verse (47) the cry of the blind beggar. “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

4.) He was courageous. Jesus was surrounded by His disciples and a large crowd. However, Bartimaeus did not allow the crowds to keep him from approaching Jesus.

5.) He was not a people pleaser. He would not allow others to silence him. Notice in verse 48a, “Many were sternly telling him to be quiet.”

6.) He was persistent in his request: Notice in verse 48b “but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Jesus stepped on the scene of Bartimaeus’ life and asked him a very important question. Jesus stated: “What do you want Me to do for you?”

“This question may seem an odd one to ask a blind man, but Jesus forces him to reflect on what he truly wants from him.” –(The NIV Application Commentary)

7.) Bartimaeus got honest with Jesus. Bartimaeus responded: “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!”

Jesus granted the man’s request. (v.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.

Let us look once more over the ensuing traits and action steps regarding Bartimaeus. 1.) He recognized that Jesus was near. 2.) He cried out. 3.) He was desperate. 4.) He was courageous. 5.) He was not a people pleaser. The matter of his heart was a matter between Him and Jesus only. 6.) He was persistent in his request. 7.) He got honest with Jesus. 8.) He had faith in the character of Jesus and in laying his greatest petition before him.

These traits and action steps blend to make a recipe for effective prayer.

May I leave you with a question today? What is the one thing you are needing Jesus to do for your life? Have you given up asking? If so, go back. Keep going back to Him until He answers you or until He acts on your behalf. Jesus stated, “What do you want me to do for you?”

Written by, O’Shea. (Entrusted Hope Ministries)

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