Guest Author: Bobby Stewart
The Lord truly does answer prayers. When we seek his help, we can be sure that he indeed hears us and answers. Mark 10:46 paints the picture of blind Bartimaeus sitting on the highway side begging. Upon hearing that Jesus was approaching, he began to call out for the Lord to have mercy on him. Shouting out in hopes of being heard above the noise of the crowd. Many tried to silence him and tell him to be quiet. How often does the cunning adversary try to tell us that calling out in prayer is useless and pointless? The world joins forces with him to convince us to not call out far too often. But we must persist. Ultimately, the Master heard the calls of Bartimaeus and asked that he be brought before him. In verse 51 a very important question was then asked of Bartimaeus, a question I feel he asks of each of us: “What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?” He asks to receive his sight. What would I ask? What would you ask? A healing request? A career? Spouse? Help with an addiction? More time with a loved one?
We must realize that the Lord wishes to bless us. Sometimes we are granted the righteous desires of our hearts in this life, others will receive those desires in the hereafter. We must continue to seek the Lord. For those who receive their biggest wishes in this life, what does this story from the Gospel of Mark tell us to do? Let us rejoin the story of Bartimaeus. Upon requesting his sight back, Jesus says to him in verse 52: “Go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole”. Just like that: Healed. Prayer answered. I pay special attention to the fact that Christ says “go THY way”, he says he can go where he wants to go, the next few words show the character of Bartimaeus. “Immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.” Note, it doesn’t say he ran off to go see all the things he couldn’t see, or live it up with his newfound sight. He follows Jesus. If granted the grandest desires of our heart, would we do likewise? Would we follow Christ even when he says “go thy way”? Would our way be wherever Jesus leads us? It is my hope and prayer that you continue to call out to God in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, and that you receive the righteous desires of your heart. That when that day comes, like Bartimaeus you will continue to follow Jesus in the way! I share this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
(Note: It has been an honor to bring this week’s message to you, thank you to Tim Sader for trusting me and allowing me to share this with you all while he had very important matters to tend to. Congratulations again Tim!)
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