29
Jul
14

Lord, I Want To See

Sometimes when we pray, we think that we need to use flowery language and a bunch of “Thees” and “Thous.”  We have to beg and plead for God to hear us and that the more fervent and lengthy our prayers, the better chance we have for God to answer them.
In Luke 18:​35-43, Jesus was walking toward the city of Jericho.  A blind beggar was sitting by the side of the road.  He wondered what was going on and someone says, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by” (Luke 18:37, NIV).  The man cries out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me” (Luke 18:38, NIV).  They tell him to keep quiet, but he won’t.  In desperation, he cries out again.  Jesus stops and calls for the man and asks him a question:

“What do you want me to do for you?” – Luke 18:41​a​ (NIV)

​His five word response – a sort of prayer – is simple:
​L​ord, I want to see.​ – Luke 18:41b (NIV)​
​Luke records that Jesus restored his sight immediately.
Simple faith + simple prayer = Jesus’ power revealed in this man’s life.
Don’t trust in your prayers to make things happen in your life.  Trust in the One to whom you are praying.  Surrender your circumstances and your situations to Him.  He is not stingy.  He is not mean.  He is not hard-hearted.   Your Heavenly Father is kind and good.  He delights in giving good gifts to His children.  Whatever your need today, do not try to impress God with your prayers.  Cry out to Him in simple faith, believing that nothing is impossible for Him.  Then know that the God of the universe who loves and cares for you will do what is right and best for you.
Luke 18:35-43 (NIV)

35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”

38 He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

39 Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?”

Lord, I want to see,” he replied.

42 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.
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