“Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8 Amp).
Unraveling hope and exhausting self-effort provides opportunities for sincere praying and opens an entrance for God to work. Where darkness seems deepest, emerging radiant Light performs. God specializes in re-creating bleak situations and mending broken people. Prayer lays hold of God’s plan and becomes a conduit between His will and its’ accomplishment in our lives.
Passing through Jericho with disciples and a crowded following, Jesus walked toward Jerusalem to lay down His life. Hearing about Jesus of Nazareth’s travels, a poor blind beggar, Bar (son of Timaeus), positioned himself along the dusty road for a ‘once in a lifetime’ occasion yelling, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:46 NKJV).
Bartimaeus, though blind, saw spiritually and believed in Jesus. Calling Him ‘Son of David’, a messianic title, suggests Bartimaeus received divine knowledge (Mark 10:47).
Lividly angry, bystanders ridiculed and told him to ‘be quiet!’ Desperately longing for wholeness, Bartimaeus screamed louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
“And Jesus stood still” (Mark 10:49 KJV).
Astonishing three words---Jesus stood still!
Responding to one in dire straights, Jesus quieted Himself at faith’s cry. Someone needed Him. Jesus listened and summoned the blind man, 'come unto Me'. Loosening begging garments, Bartimaeus rushed toward the Lamb.
Initially, the poor beggar pleaded 'only' for mercy, but in the Master's holy Presence, he courageously asked for more, ‘I want to see’. Physical and spiritual restoration fashioned Bartimaeus into a useful servant for God's Kingdom (Mark 10:52).
Our loving Lord, beautiful beyond description, gazes upon His children with pleasure, patiently awaiting heart-felt petitions. He’s able to do exceeding, abundantly, altogether more and above all we could ever ask or think (Eph 3:20).
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW
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