Scripture Reading: Mark 10:46-52
As Jesus and His disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus 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!" Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more.
Jesus stopped and told the disciples to call the blind man. Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. Then Jesus asked him the question He asks all of us: "What do you want me to do for you?" (Mark 10:51)
Bartimaeus was very specific. He answered quickly and precisely. He simply said, "I want my sight."
How specific can you be? Do you know what you want? Can you articulate exactly what you want? Or do you pray those general "Bless me, Bless me" prayers? God wants us to ask for the exact thing we want as long as it lines up with God's word.
What do you want God to do for you? It is only after you answer this question that you can go on to believe that God "will give you the desires of your heart" (Psalm 37:4).
During this Lenten season, let God know what you want Him to do for you. Be sure you can articulate as simply as blind Bartimaeus did. He said he wanted his sight. Jesus gave him exactly what he wanted, and today we no longer need to refer to him as "blind" Bartimaeus.
Meditate on this story about Bartimaeus and tell God exactly what you want during Day 17 of the Lenten season.
You are invited to read the Lenten lesson for Day 18.