Lesson from Blind Bartimaeus – Don’t change your prayer

In Mark 10:46-52, Blind Bartimaeus received his sight miraculously by Jesus. Bible tells us in Mark 10:46 that Jesus was leaving the City of Jericho with his disciples followed by a huge crowd. Bartimaeus was sitting by the roadside begging. He must have heard about Jesus as a healer from others so when he heard that Jesus was passing by, he shouted “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” The crowd and the disciples rebuked him and asked him to be quiet but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Many of us must have heard about Jesus – As a miraculous healer, a great preacher, Son of God, Or a righteous man. What do you think who Jesus is? Is your understanding about Jesus based on what you have heard from others or on the evidence of your own personal experience. Bartimaeus heard from others that Jesus was a miraculous healer but his own faith led him to believe that Jesus was the messiah and the son of David who had come to fulfill the prophesy. He was awaiting eagerly to meet Jesus and when he heard the crowd passing by and came to know that Jesus was there in their midst, he couldn’t stop himself but shouted, “Son of David, have mercy on me”. The disciples were in a hurry to leave Jericho so they tried to stop the him but the beggar kept saying, “Son of David, have mercy on me.”

Are you facing some sort of persecution because of your faith? Does it seem that everyone has left you and there is no one with you? How do you handle adverse situations that seem to appear every now and then? Is someone trying to change your focus and your prayer? Bartimaeus was being ridiculed by the disciples and the crowd tried hard to stop him to call Jesus. Bartimaeus could have felt discouraged and stopped his prayer but he had full faith in Jesus and instead of getting disheartened, he shouted all the more, Son of David, have mercy on me”.

Is there something that is trying to steal your faith and change your prayer. Just one more time shout, all the more louder, And the one who helped Bartimaeus will come at your cry to rescue you.

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Feeding five thousand people

In Luke 9: 10-17, Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus said one of his disciples to ask the people to sit down before he broke the bread and turned it into food for five thousand people. He said “Have the people sit down in groups of about fifty each”.

Jesus could have done the miracle without having the crowd sit down in groups. But when he asked them to do so, he had  a greater purpose in his mind than merely turning five loaves into thosands of pieces of bread for the crowd. The Lord wanted to give the people insight into what was spoken by Isaiah in chapter 40: 4-5 Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low, the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed. The Lord was explaining that the glory of the Lord does not appear at a place where there are irregularities, where there are differences. But when the valleys are raised up and mountains are  brought down and both come upto the same level, the Lord sends his glory that manifests itself through miracles.

In psalm 133, David says, How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity for there the Lord bestows his blessings. In the crowd of five thousand people, there could be people who didn’t want to sit next to each other. Or those who just wanted to grab their share of bread and go away. The Lord wanted to tell them that unity precedes every miracle.

Are you waiting for your miracle and it seems the prayers are not getting answered? The answer lies in “sitting together in groups.

The time has arrived for God’s people to move forward in faith, become united and receive their miracles.