He threw aside his cloak, sprang up and… 28Oct2018

…came to Jesus. Think about this for a moment. Each of us has had the experience of praying for something that we wanted or felt we needed. It could have been something for our physical well being, it could have been a healing, it could have been an intercessory prayer for someone else, or it could have been a request for relief from an emotional trauma. Our prayer requests can be as varied and diverse as each of us is from each other but there is something, I think, that many of us lack when we pray. It has to do with expectation.

When we pray, do we expect God to answer? Yes, we know that He may answer in a way different than what we expect but, nonetheless, do we expect an answer and when we receive it… how do we respond? Let’s take a closer look at this aspect.

First, notice the persistence of Bartimaeus. He cries out and is then rebuked by the people surrounding Jesus. He doesn’t quit. He kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.”

Secondly, notice the immediacy of his response. He threw aside his cloak, sprang up and came to Jesus. This is not necessarily what you might expect from a blind man but he knew what he wanted from Jesus and he knew Jesus could provide it. There is no hesitation in his response.

Complacency can be a most debilitating attitude, especially if our expectations of God are low. It might be a worthwhile and rewarding activity to sit quietly sometime in prayer to recall and list prayers that have been answered in the past. Our memories are short and we need to constantly build up our expectations of the God who created us so that, recognizing His answer, we might spring up and give Him thanks.

Deacon Richard

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