What Do You Want?
Open your Bibles to the Gospel of Mark, chapter 10. I want to read a familiar story. I am a little hesitant at times to announce a text as familiar as this one. We have a tendency to step into neutral and say, well, I've heard all that before. But I trust the Lord will speak to us afresh today from his Word. Mark 10:46-52. I think you will find in this story, this passage, the nuts and bolts of what prayer is all about. It deals with the man who prays, with the One who answers prayer, what is involved in it and gives us a good perspective on this matter of prayer.
And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he,. Casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
I was telling the first group this morning that a number of years ago I started a hobby, and I am still involved in it. I collect unusual things. As far as I know, I am the only one in the world who has this kind of collection. It is something I started collecting a long time ago. It's one reason I love to watch professional sports on television because in listening to the commentators you can add a lot of new trophies to your collection i ...
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