Leviticus 26:1-27:34 / Mark 10:32-52 / Psalm 45:1-17 / Proverbs 10:22

Standout Verses: Mark 10:47-52

“And when he (blind Bartimaeus) heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" And many 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 said, "Call him." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart. Get up; he is calling you."  And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.  And Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" And the blind man said to him, "Rabbi, let me recover my sight."  And Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way”.

I love this story because as I read it I can imagine a smile on Jesus' face as he asks Bartimaeus, who is obviously blind, "What do you want me to do for you?"

I imagine Jesus' smile grow even bigger when Bartimaeus responded with "Rabbi, let me recover my sight."

Jesus knows exactly what we need but He wants us to speak out our requests to Him – not for His sake but for ours. He wants to build our communication, relationship and dependence on Him. We need to hear our own voices placing our needs before the Lord and declaring our dependence on Him. When we do this our faith grows and we are able to look back on His providence and say "Praise God, only He could have done that!"

1Peter 5:7 Cast your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.