Cry Out!

There is a story in the Bible where Jesus heals a blind man named Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus was sitting along the road side begging.  Upon hearing a commotion of people, he asked what was going on.  When he heard that Jesus was passing by, he began to cry out to Him – “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!”  Amidst all the commotion that was going on, Jesus heard Bartimaeus’ cry and stopped.  This story reminds me of a time when I was a little girl.  My dad, my sister and I were releasing a pet turtle that had become too big to keep any longer.  We were on a roadside releasing the turtle into a creek and amidst the noise of the road and the countryside, we could hear this tiny whimper.  We looked around and across the road was this tiny little kitten crying out.  Needless to say, we went there with a turtle and went home with a kitten! Mom was not pleased. But the impression was this tiny, helpless creature was crying out with such intense need that the need overpowered everything else.  There was something to Bartimaeus’ cry.  Desperation?  Maybe.  But there was a knowing in this blind man that his answer was near and he didn’t want that opportunity to pass him by.  So without even being able to see Him, Bartimaeus cried out to Jesus.  And Jesus heard His cry and responded.  Another interesting point is that Jesus could clearly see that Bartimaeus was blind but He asked him what he wanted from Him.  He needed to get Bartimaeus to speak out his need.  Or we could say confess his need (just like we must do with our sins to receive forgiveness).  After all, we know that whoever believes those things he SAYS will be done will have whatever he SAYS!   Whatever your need is, cry out to Jesus!

35 Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. 36 And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. 37 So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 38 And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, 41 saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” 42 Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.  Luke 18:35-43 (NKJV)

23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Mark 11:23 (NKJV)

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)