Mark 10:51 – “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
In Part 1, I shared this verse from the perspective of the blind man shouting for Jesus. It’s an important step for us to take to answer the question Jesus asks us in this verse. Quick recap of Part 1. If you read a few verses before Mark 10:51, you’ll find that the blind man was part of a large crowd. He began shouting when he heard Jesus was coming. Many in the crowd rebuked the blind man, telling him to be quiet, but the blind man began shouting even more. Eventually, Jesus stops and calls the blind man to him.
Today I’m sharing how Jesus responds to the blind man’s persistent shouts.
The first thing Jesus says to the blind man after calling him over is this, “What do you want me to do for you?” I absolutely love how simple and straight forward Jesus responds to the blind man. He doesn’t beat around the bush or say I need you to do this before telling me what you want. There are a multitude of things Jesus could’ve said or asked, but instead He gets right to the heart of the matter.
There’s no misunderstanding, getting confused, flustered or misinterpreting what Jesus is saying. It’s straight forward. The fact that Jesus asks this question so bluntly is proof he wants us to boldly bring our requests to Him. This means we can simply tell Him what we want. He’s removing any barriers that stop us from coming to Him. That’s why He asks this question so plain and simple. I feel we often sabotage talking to God because we think we aren’t worthy or think it has to be some eloquent, long winded conversation. We often beat around the bush wondering if our prayer is impossible all while trying to be PC.
This is a reminder that talking to God is really as simple as answering this question. If you are new to talking with God, start by answering this question once a day. Eventually your conversations will grow and evolve, but let this be encouragement to start simple. And as we read from this verse, by answering Jesus’ simple question, the blind man was given his eyesight. WOW!
This has been my prayer every day to God. I tell him exactly what I want. Miracles and healing have happened, more are still needed, but coming to God this clearly has been a relief for me. It’s encouraging because I don’t have to have all these fancy, perfectly strung together words when I pray to Him. It’s really as simple as answering the question God is asking.
What prayer can you simply ask God today? God I want you to_____ (that’s where you insert your request). If you feel comfortable, share below so we can all pray for your specific need.
Please share with someone you know who could use some encouragement in the wait.