Prayer Changes Things (Part One)

On the day before a major surgery, I shared with my friend that I was really scared about the procedure. "What part scares you?" she inquired. "I'm just so afraid that I won't wake up from the anesthesia," I replied. Immediately, Anne prayed: "Father, you know all about Cindy's fear. Please calm her heart and fill her with Your peace. And, Lord, please wake her up after surgery."


I think God likes that kind of specificity when we talk to Him. When Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, called out to Jesus for help, Jesus said, "What do you want Me to do for you?" And the blind man said, "Rabboni, that I may receive my sight!" Jesus said, "Go your way; your faith has made you well" (Mark 10:51-52).


We don't need to beat around the bush with God. While there may be a time to pray poetically as David did, there are also times to say bluntly, "God, I'm so sorry for what I just said," or to say simply, "Jesus, I love You because . . . ." Being specific with God can even be a sign of faith because we are acknowledging that we know we're not talking to a far-off Being but to a real Person who loves us intimately.


God is not impressed by a flurry of fanciful words. He is listening for what our heart is saying.


Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight


46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means "son of Timaeus"), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 49 Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called to the blind man, "Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling you." 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51 "What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him. The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see." 52 "Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.




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