A Prayerful Meditation on Luke 18:35-43

Reading along in The Crossing’s Bible Reading Plan, today I came across Luke 18:35-43

As [Jesus] drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God (ESV).

I think this story is the perfect picture of how I need to pray to Jesus. This man knew his need for Christ—he was blind. He didn’t see reality as it is. He stumbled his way through life. He couldn’t even see who the people around him were. Imagine the darkness of not seeing. The aloneness. The fear. The inabilities. The unknowns. And someone answered that Jesus was near.

And then, in his utter, desperate need, he cried out to Jesus, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Son of David was an Old Testament idiom for the promised Messiah, which also means Christ. He couldn’t see Jesus, but already he believed that Jesus was the Christ—the only hope of healing and salvation. As he cried out to Jesus the Christ, those around him tried to silence him. But he would not be silenced. His need was too great, too serious, too hopeless without a Messiah for any more silence toward Jesus. Who cares what others say to me? I will not let them silence me anymore. I need Jesus.

“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! …Restore my sight!”

That’s my prayer to Jesus today: “Jesus, you’re the only true Messiah. You’re my only hope of restoration and salvation in this world of death and sickness and deformity and fear and worry and insecurity and hate and jealousy and lust and greed and selfishness and idolatry! All deformities from who you can restore me to be in your kingdom. I want to see you as who you really are. I want to see the kingdom of God as it really is. I want you to restore my sight. I want to see that you are my Messiah—my only Hope—my greatest Joy—my surest Love—my eternal Life—my Almighty God. Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!

“And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God.”

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