As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When He had gone indoors, the blind men came to Him, and asked He them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Then He touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread the news about Him all over that region. While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that He drives out demons.” (Matthew 9:27-34, NIV) - - - - -
As followers of Christ, we often pray and ask for many things.
We ask for help with a test. We pray for victory for our team. We pray for sleep. We ask for a good day at work. We pray we do not see anyone we know when we go to the grocery store in our pajamas. We ask for healing of broken relationships and help with our finances. We pray for a good trip and nice weather. We pray for the many circumstances around us.
These are not bad things to pray for. Most of them are wonderful. But I feel that when we get wrapped up in praying for things, we can miss some of the best Jesus has to offer.
I feel like this is heart behind many in the crowds as they watched Jesus perform these miracles.
They might have been in it for the show. They had heard of Israel’s rich history of miracles. Burning bush, split sea, cloud by day and fire by night. And here, they were witnessing the greatest miracles since then. They were amazed. They knew that despite their miraculous history, these miracles were different, and they had front row seats.
There amazement was becoming a bit of a problem for Jesus, who asked the two blind men not to tell about His deeds. He came as a servant, not as the Ruler King many had imagined. And their amazement in all the things could prove to be trouble when looking at how Jesus wanted to go about His ministry and call.
But the two blind men came with a different approach. “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
How often do we ask for mercy? I honestly can’t remember the last time I sought mercy for my heart.
But this is what these to men asked for.
They had knowledge of the scriptures and knew Jesus to be the Son of David, the prophesied Messiah. They had not seen any of the work He had done, but the stories they heard matched the stories of the scriptures they knew well.
The Messiah was to bring more than physical relief, but relief in their souls, and this is what they sought after.
What Isaiah writes is beautiful: “Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy…And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it…But only the redeemed will walk there, and those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” (Isaiah 35:5-6a, 8, 9b-10, NIV)
They cried, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
Mercy: compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone when it is within one’s power to punish or harm.
Mercy is one of the most powerful gifts Jesus can give. The two blind men knew it, the friend of the mute man knew it. They each came seeking Him.
So why do we overlook mercy?
I think we don’t understand it. I find myself praying for God to change my circumstances and being really frustrated when He doesn’t. But what if I prayed for mercy in those times instead?
His mercy is there after I lose my temper with my child and she tells me she loves me. His mercy is in the pile of laundry that my husband never complains about. His mercy is in talking to an old friend who isn’t resentful that you didn’t stay in touch.
Ask for mercy today. Join with others and petition together like the two blind men.
Pray for mercy on someone’s behalf like the friend of the mute.
I believe this will radically change our attitudes and our belief about the power of Jesus. His mercy is there, and it is completely available.
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