We do not know how long the man had been a blind beggar. Maybe since birth, or for a few short years. However, his story of meeting with Jesus brings out several important issues worth visiting. As Jesus was passing through his vicinity this blind man could hear the commotion of the crowd. He asked those nearby what was happening and was told that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. He began crying out, “Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.” (Luke 18:38) As some of the crowd attempted to quiet him down, the blind man only got louder. (Luke 18:39)
Finally, his crying out garnered the attention of Jesus and in the midst of this large crowd the Lord stopped. He commanded that the blind man be brought to Him. (v.40) I can’t imagine the excitement in his mind and heart as he realized that Christ had called for him. He knew this carpenter from Galilee was a healer. He must have wondered if his cry for mercy had moved the heart of Jesus to heal him. As others brought this blind beggar to Jesus and he stands before Him, the Lord asked what has to be the strangest question in all of the New Testament. Jesus looked at him and said,
“What do you want me to do for you?” (Luke 18:.41)
Are you kidding me? It was obvious the man could not see. The Lord even commanded that the blind man be brought to Him. This blind beggar had been crying out for mercy. Why would Jesus ask what seems like such a ridiculous question?
We learn several things from this account of the blind beggar. (Luke 18:35-43)
- A cry of mercy moves the heart of Jesus
- A civilized crowd cannot stop the cry of a desperate man.
- Desperation gets an audience with God.
- Jesus wants us to state specifically what we need from Him.
Yes, the Lord knew what this blind beggar needed. However, Jesus made him request it with clear specificity. Let us not offer shotgun prayers that attempt to casually cover all the bases with broad terms. The Lord could be waiting for our specific request…the one He already knows, but is desiring for us to cry out in desperation.
Cry out today…Cry out desperately…Cry out regardless what others think…Cry out with a specific prayer! Jesus will stop all that He is doing and meet us with mercy!