When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.”
The two men were men on a mission. It says that they followed Jesus. This took some effort. They were blind. Now we don’t know how far it was that they followed, but it does say that they cried out. Now, if I think about this, it appears to me that they were more than following. More like pursuing Jesus. Pursuing to the point that they cried out to Him. They wanted Jesus’ attention; they weren’t getting any closer to Him. So they cried out. “Son of David, have mercy on us!”
They recognized Jesus as someone who would not push them aside, but minister to them. Others may have pushed them aside, but not Jesus. They cried out and honored our Lord with their request. Grace and mercy are qualities of Jesus by which He is compassionate, accepting, and generous. Jesus responded to their cries. He looked upon them with compassion. He accepted them for who they were and the condition they were in. And He was generous in His response. Jesus will always respond to pleas for mercy and grace.
I believe we all can remember a time when we found ourselves looking at ourselves or our circumstance and thought that God couldn’t possibly look at me and respond. I was too messed up. WRONG!!! All the Lord asks is we have faith. That we see him as these two blind men. Oxymoron? Blind men seeing? But what I mean is this. Though they had no sight, they still had faith. Faith allows us to see through the eyes of the Lord. Faith allows us to be blinded by the natural, and see by the supernatural. Faith brings us to the point of complete recognition that it is only the Lord that can help. “And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.” (Matthew 14:35-36 NKJV)
Effective prayer depends on faith, especially on a willingness to fully trust in God’s faithfulness to His promises for His people. I’ve been writing recently on our dependence upon God and how our faith is demonstrated by our belief in Him. God will help those who depend on Him. “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalm 121:2-4 NKJV)
Our God is to be trusted. “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.” (Nahum 1:7 NKJV) Friend, the blind men knew where their help would come from. They didn’t need to see Jesus. They simply believed. Jesus asked them if they believed that He could do what they desired. They said two little words. Not a long drawn out prayer. A simple, humble, broken, sincere reply to Jesus’ question. They said, “Yes, Lord!” So I must ask you this. Do you recognize the power and the presence of Jesus? Do you seek help through something you can see or do you seek help from the One who you cannot see? Do you honor Jesus by addressing Him the way He deserves and then simply ask Him to pour out His mercy upon you? And when the Lord replies to you, “Do you believe?” can you reply “Yes, Lord”. Tough questions? Yes. Some might think I’m asking the obvious. But am I really? Where is your belief today? Where do you place your trust and faith? When you pray, are your words focused on the One who can change all things? If your answer is yes, then Jesus will respond. “According to your faith let it be to you.”
Dear Jesus, thank You for Your mercy and grace. Thank You that You will respond to our faith when we seek the true giver of good things. Lord, forgive us when we seek with our own eyes on the things that are natural to fix the things we need a supernatural touch for. May we see with Your eyes. Have mercy on us Lord. We believe and give You praise. In Jesus Name. AMEN
Don’t believe me, believe God!