I’ve been sharing some of my husband’s messages from prayer meeting on my Thoughtful Thursdays as my prayer life is something that I have been convicted about several times over the years. I am loving these short messages that encourages me to pray like the people we see in the Bible. So far, he has shared the prayers of the following people:
- Eliezer— prosper my success
- Jacob — bless me
- Moses — go with me
- Jabez–enlarge my coast
- Solomon — give me wisdom
- Asa — help me
- Nehemiah — prosper me and strengthen my hands
Last night, my husband shared how the two blind men in Matthew 9:27 prayed, “Thou son of David, have mercy on us.”
I had never considered before how this simple prayer showed their faith that Jesus was the Messiah. They remembered the promise that the Messiah would come from David’s lineage; so when they called Him the son of David, they were saying, “We believe you are the Christ, the Messiah!”
I already know that Jesus is the Messiah. I have the inspired Word of God that shares how Jesus died for my sins. Do I come to Him in prayer believing that God can really answer my prayers?
The other part of this miracle that I found interesting was that Jesus did not at first answer the request. These men followed Jesus asking for Him to have mercy, or compassion, on them. Then Jesus went into a house without answering them. They followed Him into the house and asked again for Him to heal them.
Why did He not answer them right away? We don’t have the definitive answer, but we can presume that it is either to increase their faith or to test them. What we do know is that a simple prayer, “have mercy on us” brought a huge answer. Here is what we see in verses 28-29:
28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.
29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
They prayed in complete faith, and Jesus answered. We don’t need to pray in flowery words or have eloquent speeches. We just need to bare our hearts to God believing that He can answer. And He will answer. Sometimes He answers right away in the way we desire; sometimes He says “No” because He has a higher purpose of us developing enduring grace through the trial; and sometimes He says, “Wait.” No matter whether it is a Yes, No, or Wait, we need to always pray, “Have mercy on us.”
In this miracle recorded in the Bible, we see the order of true faith:
believe and then you will see.
Here are a few quotes about faith that I thought were good:
Faith is an assent of the mind and a consent of the heart, consisting mainly of belief and trust. ~E.T. Hiscox~
Faith is like radar that sees through the fog – the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see. ~Corrie Ten Boom~
Fear imprisons, faith liberates; / fear paralyzes, faith empowers; / fear disheartens, faith encourages; / fear sickens, faith heals; / fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable. ~Harry Emerson Fosdick~
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