Have you ever had a dream?
Have you ever had a desire that was bigger than you?
Have you ever experienced an impossible situation, too big for you?
Have you ever wanted to be a blessing to someone but didn't have the means to do so?
Have you ever felt inadequate?
"As Jesus was approaching Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging. Now hearing a crowd going by, he began to inquire what this was. They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he called out, saying, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Those who led the way were sternly telling him to be quiet; but he kept crying out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him; and when he came near, He questioned him, "What do you want Me to do for you?" And he said, "Lord, I want to regain my sight!" And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him, glorifying God; and when all the people saw it, they gave praise to God."
— Luke 18:35-43
I love this story in the Bible! Once this blind man was made aware of whose presence he was in, he knew he needed to get Jesus’ attention. He knew he needed Jesus to ‘hear’ him, in order to receive His blessing. Those around him didn’t understand his needs. They didn’t understand his heart's desire. They couldn’t understand why he didn’t just accept having a "few" of his needs met through begging.
But what I love about this story is that this man wasn’t content with begging! He knew that God had more for him!
Coming into the presence of God takes some intentionality. In God’s presence, things are made clear. We’ve got a purpose in our hearts to place ourselves in a position to hear from God. We can only hear from God in His presence. Getting before God places us in a position to hear from him. We live in a world where it’s easy to get distracted and forget the things or situations you were in faith about.
The blind man wasn’t satisfied with begging. He didn’t get distracted by his circumstances.
He heard that Jesus was passing by and wanted all that Jesus had for him.
"These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence that we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him."
— 1 John 5:13-15
The blind man didn’t ask Jesus to bring more people to give him more; he knew what he wanted. He wanted to see, so he asked for his sight!
This story reminds me to go to God when I have a need and to ask specifically. Then I believe and have faith that I will receive what I’ve asked for in His name. Jesus asked the man what he wanted, and the man asked specifically for his sight. Because of his faith in Jesus, we see a miracle take place!
So I ask you today, What is it you want God to do for you? Draw near to Him. Then know, ask, believe, receive, and then give praise, rejoicing over the promise!