This devotional was written by Leslie Snyder
Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Lord, I want to see,’ he replied. — Luke 18:40-41
Recently, I came across the story about a man taking his kids out to eat. The man’s six-year-old son asked if he could say grace. As they bowed their heads the boy prayed, “God is good. God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Mom gets us ice cream for dessert. And
Hearing this, the man’s son burst into tears and asked the father, “Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?” As he held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job and God was certainly not mad at him, an old man who had observed the whole thing approached the table. He winked at the boy and said, “I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer.” “Really?” the boy asked. “Cross my heart.” Then in a theatrical whisper he added, “Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. Sometimes a little ice cream is good for the soul.”
That’s what the man in today’s Scripture understood. He asked for what he desired. Picture the scene: A blind beggar dressed in tattered rags sits by the road day after day crying out for a little spare change. This is his life, a monotonous ritual of begging day after day. Without a miracle, nothing will change. There are no optometrists, no lasik eye surgery, no cornea transplants. Blindness and begging are his destiny…until the day Jesus passes by. With a buzz in the air, people rush past him in excitement. Although he can’t see with his eyes, he feels the energy in the air and hears it with his ears. Jesus was near and in desperation the beggar begins to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Rebuked by the crowd, he yells louder. The crowd ignored him, but Jesus took notice and answered.
Commentator William Barclay wrote, “A gentle, sentimental longing never really taps the power of God; but the passionate, intense desire of the very depths of the human heart will never be disappointed.” Our faith is often so proper, and too often we allow what others think determine our actions – even in our relationship with Jesus Himself. Today, may we be more like the blind beggar who cried out in desperation…and was answered.
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1. How desperate are you for God’s help? Is there a situation in your life about which you ought to cry out to God?
2. How does today’s Scripture give you confidence that God cares about your own difficult situations?
Luke 18:35-43; James 4:2-3; Matthew 7:7-11; Hebrews 4:16
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