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The Bible passage selected for meditation, prayer, and reflection for this week, the week of February 16-22, 2014, is Matthew 20:29-34.  This week's passage for consideration is the story of Jesus healing two blind beggars.  Are you a blind beggar with the Lord?  Spend some time this week meditating on, praying over, and reflecting on Matthew 20:29-34.

 

And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him. And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” And stopping, Jesus called them and said, What do you want me to do for you?” They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him. (Matthew 20:29-34, ESV)

 

During this time, Jewish society did not hold a favorable view towards beggars.  They were outcasts of society and while Old Testament law provided for the needy, respected holy men often avoided them out of fear of becoming unclean.  Of course, Jesus was not your average holy man.  In fact, He had made of habit of doing the exact opposite of the majority of holy men.  Note the title used by the two blind beggars: “Lord...Son of David!”The beggars addressed Him by His messianic title, before the crowds in Jerusalem and before Jesus taught about it.  "So the last will be first, and the first last.” (Matthew 20:16, ESV)

 

When your kids are struggling with homework, do you jump in with the solution before they ask for help?  Jesus often asked what people wanted from Him.  Not because He needed to know, but to have them verbalize their desire.  Yes, He knows what we need and what we want, always better than us, but by verbalizing our desire, we are also verbalizing our faith.  Time in prayer with our Heavenly Father is important to not only seek and understand His will in our lives, but to also place our petitions before Him.  Nothing is too small or too big for Him to handle.  Are you expecting the Lord to jump in with the solution before you even ask for help?

 

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