Mark 10:46-52: Keep going.
“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.” NIV UK
Bartimaeus is an illustration of praying in faith. Indeed, he is an example of fervent, believing, persevering prayer. From all the Bible teaches about prayer, we have to say it’s important to be be in earnest – to mean business. It is vital to endure, to keep going (Luke 18:1-8).
When you set out to seriously seek God, don’t be surprised if there are people who discourage you (48). They may not intend to, but that’s what they will do if you let them. When things in your world conspire to tell you to ‘’be quiet’’; when you sense the opposition of spiritual powers to your prayers, that is the time to shout ‘’all the more’’.
The devil hates prayer. I believe he fears praying people. So he will endeavour to prevent our prayers. He knows how much Jesus wants us to just ‘’Ask’’ (Matthew 7:7). It’s a worrying scenario for Satan to envisage what could happen if we do. He can’t afford to have the church wake up and take the Lord seriously.
- So don’t let anything stop you praying alone.
- Don’t permit anything to prevent you gathering with fellow-believers for prayer.
There’s a poem that goes something like this: ‘Satan laughs at the words we say, mocks at our efforts from day to day. But he trembles, when he sees, the weakest saint upon his knees.’