Beggers All – Good News for February 18

18 02 2009

Mark 8:22-26

When Jesus and his disciples arrived at Bethsaida, people brought to him a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on the man and asked, “Do you see anything?”

Looking up the man replied, “I see people looking like trees and walking.”

Then he laid hands on the man’s eyes a second time and he saw clearly; his sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly. Then he sent him home and said, “Do not even go into the village.”

The Daily Path: “people… begged Jesus to touch (the blind man).”

During my re-conversion I’ve become acutely aware of the power of prayer. I’m convinced that it was prayer asking God to bring me home that eventually enabled that to happen. The vast majority of those prayers came not from me (the blind man) but from so many family and friends (the people). Many of those prayers came from a mother begging Jesus to touch her son.

My point here is that like the crowd who brought the blind man to Jesus, each of us has the opportunity to present someone to God for healing. I don’t suggest throwing them in the trunk of your car and driving them up the steps of the local Catholic church shouting chapter and verse. However, I do recommend you pray for their healing.

I’ve come to believe, through my own experience, that Christ asks us to tell Him what we want. Don’t be timid. Ask for BIG things. Present to Him ALL the blind, the sick, and especially the wounded in your life. Including yourself. Ask Him to lay His hands on those who need healing.

It may not happen overnight, so keep at it. Remember the blind man required a double dose from Jesus to fully restore his vision. So ask Jesus often… and as many times as it takes. He IS listening to you and all “the people” who beg Him to act.

Room to Chat: Can you find time today to quietly ask God to heal someone you know?

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