“As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, ‘Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.’ And he cried out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ He said, ‘Lord, let me recover my sight.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.’ And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.” Luke 18:35-43
Being a beggar, the blind man appealed first to Jesus’s mercy for the opportunity to speak. And mercy opened the door. Once Jesus stopped, He drew out from this desperate man what he really wanted Him to do for him. He wanted to see.
We come into communion with Jesus on the basis of mercy, and once there, we can seek His good, pleasing and perfect will. What exactly do we want Jesus to do for us? Are we thoughtful long enough to consider what He might do in our spirits, our minds, our hearts? How might He intervene in our marriages, work, relationships, future? If we truly want these things, do we take the time to ask? When and where? (Romans 12:1-2)
Do we believe He can do all things, and is on our side? He wants us to grow, to be sanctified, to be strong and resist the world’s temptation and the devil’s schemes, to be miserable in and convicted of sin. He is able to make His grace abound to us as we deal with difficult people, and wrestle with painful lessons. He provides courage for battle, and comfort for grief. He offers wisdom in great measure, and is able to do beyond what we ask or imagine. We can ask for mercy, help, more fruit of the Spirit, insight, hope, guidance. What do we lack? His sources are unlimited! (Romans 8:31-32; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; 9:8; Ephesians 3:20; Hebrews 4:15-16)
“Thou art coming to a King, large petitions with thee bring, for His grace and power are such none can ever ask too much.” ~John Newton
And do we not come? Do we not ask? Get we tangled in misery and self-loathing and fail to seek His mercy? Turn we our eyes down and fail to look to His welcoming face? When we do ask, what drives us? Greed, pride, self-protection, to preserve an image, ease? Or do we seek to know Him and His glory? Ask God to reveal and purify motives! “You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” (Exodus 9:27-30; 33:13,18; James 4:2-3)
Bountiful Lord, may I ever delight myself in You and commit my ways to You. Teach me to seek You and pray as You do, according to Your will, that every desire You fulfill will glorify You, the Giver. (Psalm 37:4-5; Romans 8:26-27)