The Way God Moves!
Text: Mark 10:46-52
The lesson here in Mark is this:
We may not get the answer we want immediately, but we must keep asking and keep believing. God will answer in His time!
John Wesley, the great Methodist preacher, encountered many times of refusal, and denial, during his early years in the ministry. He logged a few of these instances in his diary:
Sunday A.M., May 5: Preached in St. Anne’s. Asked not to come back.
Sunday P.M., May 5: Preached in St. John’s. Deacons said, “Get out, and stay out!”
Sunday A.M., May 12: Preached in St. Jude’s. Can’t go back there either.
Sunday P.M., May 19: Preached in St. Peter’s. Deacons called special meeting, and said I couldn’t return.
Sunday A.M., May 26: Preached on street. Kicked off street.
Sunday A.M., June 2: Preached at the edge of town. Kicked off highway.
Sunday P.M., June 2: Preached in a pasture. Ten thousand came.
If you and I are to get an answer, it may take some action. Consistent, and persistent action!
I believe that George Mueller, the great prayer warrior said it well, when he said, “The great fault of the children of God is, they do not continue in prayer; they do not go on praying; they do not persevere!“
Tonight, can I show you 3 things in Bartimaeus’ prayer to Jesus…
I. Bartimaeus’ Prayer Was An Important Prayer!
Hear this amazing question from Jesus: “What do you want me to do for you?”
Do you know?
What are you desperate for?
Don’t be vague…
- Be specific.
- Be confident
- Be bold.
Jesus, the Son of David is near.
Follow Bartimaeus’ example and do not let him pass without giving you an answer.
Whatever his answer is, it will open our eyes to what He has for us.
II. Bartimaeus’ Prayer Was An Increasing Prayer!
Bartimaeus was blind. And his soul had to be wearied over his blindness, no doubt it was beyond our description.
As soon as he understood that it was Jesus passing by, he began shouting to him. He did not want the Son of David to pass him by, not without giving him what he so longed for.
His first shouts got no response from Jesus. But he did get a bunch of “be quiets!” from nearby Jesus watchers. Bartimaeus was not about to be quiet though, not when the one person who had the power to give him sight was this close.
- This was no time for courtesy.
- This was no time to observe the social taboo of blind beggars violating a person’s space.
- This was no time for the passive fatalism of “I guess God just doesn’t listen to me.”
- No, this was a time for desperation.
- This was a time for prevailing.
- This was a time for holy demanding.
If the Son of David wasn’t hearing his shouts, then Bartimaeus was going to shout louder. He was going to be heard. “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
III. Bartimaeus’ Prayer Was A Prayer of Importunity!
Bartimaeus teaches us something very important about prayer.
This story of Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46-52 is a wonderful picture of a prayer of importunity, not in its time, but in its dynamics.
Real prayer begins with real desire, and often times prayer comes because of real desperation in our life.
There are times that we cry out to God, but he does not seem to respond. We get discouraged by our circumstances, by a continual asking, and sometimes by people and we give up and quit.
God want us to respond to this by continuing to ask and cry out even louder!
Don’t be polite in prayer. God is not looking for polite prayers… Really, he is looking for persistent, prevailing prayers. You say that is not true… Can I give you another example…?
The widow’s persistence in Luke 18:1-8. The nagging that irritated the unrighteous judge into action, is precisely the quality God is encouraging in us.
He’s looking for those willing to “cry day and night unto Him” (Luke 18:7).
He’s looking for desperate Bartimaeus’s…
- who will insist on being heard
- who won’t take a non-response for an answer.
- He’s looking for those who will “always . . . pray and not to faint” (Lose Heart) Luke 18:1
- He’s looking to “find faith on the earth” Luke 18:8
Suddenly the rebukes stopped.
The crowd buzz quieted.
Adrenaline flashed through Bartimaeus when someone said to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” Vs. 49
He leaped up and pushed his guide to wherever Jesus was.
When the guide stopped, a voice spoke: “What do you want me to do for you?” Vs. 51
The voice was patient and kind but confident like nothing Bartimaeus had ever heard before. The words seemed to rest on immovable authority, as if Mount Zion were speaking.
Bartimaeus suddenly felt his unworthiness to address Jesus.
He now spoke his desperation with deference. “Lord, I want to see.”
There was a silent pause. Bartimaeus’s heart was pounding; his palms were clammy.
Then the voice spoke again: “Go your way; your faith has made you well.”
Before the words had finished Bartimaeus could feel a strange sensation in his eyes. Revived optical nerves detected first brightness, then swimming images. Could it be? Tear ducts began to overflow, both to lubricate the eye and to express a joy just dawning after darkness. As his pupils contracted from the brilliance of the midday sun, Bartimaeus rubbed his eyes.
When he opened them again, Bartimaeus was looking into the intense eyes of a young man. A wave of joy passed over him. He wasn’t sure what he had expected, but Jesus somehow didn’t look like he had expected. The extraordinary voice was housed in a man who looked surprisingly ordinary. He looked like . . . a man.
Then he noticed all those surrounding him were looking at him, and then a cheer went up from those who could see that the blind man could see that drew his attention away from Jesus.
When Bartimaeus looked back at the Son of David, he saw his back. Jesus was already headed toward Jerusalem. His words, “Go your way,” were still ringing in Bartimaeus ears.
It took no time for him to decide that Jesus was now his way.