35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.
36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening.
37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
38 He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
39 Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied.
42 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”
43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.
Another week, another Monday, another chance to put our faith above all else.
This story gets me excited. It gives me a sense of confidence in the ability of our God. We might not all be blind, but oh, do we all walk around with blinders on.
Don’t you wonder why you can’t feel God when you are in a season of fear and doubt? It’s because fear is not in his language. He doesn’t operate in fear. So how can we try and look for Jesus if we are in territory he didn’t design for you to walk on?
We all have different blinders on. It’s not just fear or doubt. Some of you wear the blinders of this society. You lean on what the world has to say about you instead of what God has to say about you. I will encourage you today to remove the blinders. Whatever is blinding you from living the life you were destined to live, remove it. If it’s an addiction, a relationship, a career choice, whatever it is, remove it.
May our prayer today and every day be the same for this blind man, “Lord, I want to see you!” I pray we become as desperate as this man. I hope we shout for Jesus until he frees us of whatever holds us captive.
Beyond that, maybe you’re not just wearing blinders, but like this man, you need healing in your body.
You might be are sitting there, and you are sick and need healing, or someone close to you is fighting cancer. I don’t know what you’re facing, but he does. I don’t know what you are so desperately looking to heal from, but he does! Maybe it’s not a physical illness but a mental illness. Maybe you are asking Jesus to live the anxiety from your body. Or the depression. Maybe it’s a past trauma that is keeping you hostage. Whatever the case is, whether you are asking for healing or you are asking for the blinders to be lifted, Jesus answer will always be the same:
Receive your sight, your faith as healed you.
Jesus, you are the God of miracles. Some of us need a miracle. The same kind of miracle you performed with this man. I think we read these stories, and it’s easy to understand how amazing that was, but it’s easy to forget how capable you are of doing that today. We are a group of believers who know just how possible a miracle is. We are praying that you heal us the same way you healed this man. Suppose you did it before; you can do it again. Lift the blinders from us, Lord. We want to see you. Break us from whatever holds us. If we are sick, heal us. May no cancer, no disease, no depression, no weapon, nothing formed against us. If you need our faith, we give it to you. We ask you as desperately as this man did. Have mercy on us. We love you, and we praise you through the storm and on the mountain tops. In your mighty name, we pray, Amen!