I love the story of Bartimaeus in the bible. This was a blind man who pursued his healing despite his disability. He couldn’t see. When he heard Jesus was in the area, he started calling out to Him. Mark 10:46-47 ‘Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
This blind man had not seen any of the miracles Jesus had done, had not seen anyone Jesus had healed yet he called on to Jesus based on word of mouth. Just like now, we haven’t seen Jesus in the physical, yet we believe He is the Son of God and are born again in Him and living for Him. Some have never seen any miracles happening yet they have believed because of what is in the word and testimonies shared by others while some are still waiting on certain breakthroughs. Mark 10:48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Despite being silenced by the crowd, he cried out louder. The devil loves doing that: silencing you while you are crying to God in your time of need. He will mock you, blame you and even go as far as using others to distract you. Some people don’t believe in radical faith yet we have a radical Father who created the universe where there was nothing (Genesis 1) and some of those people will try to talk you out of your blessing. Bartimaeus’ faith is something to be admired. He didn’t say, ‘oh well, there’s too many people, it’s too loud, what if Jesus doesn’t hear me?’ and stopped calling unto Jesus. The bible says he cried out louder.
My friend, cry out louder! Pray without ceasing! Keep calling on the Jesus!
Vs 49-52 ‘Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Prayer changes us. Reading the word and seeking God in prayer grows our faith. It’s not just about asking God for things but asking God to change our hearts to be more like Him. When we take Bartimaeus stance and refuse to allow our circumstances stop us, or what other think or feel about our request stop us from asking God for the impossible, can you imagine what God would do? This man of faith refused to allow the crowd to silence him, it’s like he understood the only way to get his healing was to turn a deaf ear to those who rebuked him. He never would have had his miracle had he allowed his situation or others to hinder him. Jesus asking Him “What do you want me to do for you?” (vs52) set things in motion. He had the attention of the Lord.
What are you seeking? Are you in that place when the enemy is telling you to be quite? Or is he telling you God won’t answer your prayer? Or maybe people around you are discouraging you. What if you are at that place where you need to put our foot down and ignore the naysayers, turn a deaf ear to that enemy putting doubt in your mind and bringing distractions? What if the Lord is looking your way and is about to call your name and ask “What do you want me to do for you?” This maybe a story about a blind man receiving sight but if a blind man when called forward threw his robe and went to Jesus even though he couldn’t see, you can do it too, you can say Lord I’m coming and I’m not going to let distractions keep me from my blessings. I will keep praying until God speaks to me. Don’t count yourself out and decide because you haven’t heard from God, the answer must be ‘no’. That could be when your faith is being tested when you decided to throw in the towel. Thankfully we have a gracious God who gives second chances and even though the testing may not the same, you can withstand the test and came out on top. Hope, strength to endure your waiting period comes from God. He will never give up on you. Like Bartimaeus, don’t give up on Him. Cry out louder and be ready for your breakthrough when your time comes to receive it.