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 (Mark 10:49, KJV)
Jesus was walking down the streets one day past a blind man called Bartimaeus. When Bartimaeus learned it was Jesus passing by, he cried out for help at the top of his lungs. The people who are around him were upset with his loud shout as he was a poor blind beggar that no one even cared so much about. But Bartimaeus was not that type that is easily intimidated. He knew his pain and did not care what the others thought about him. When the people told him to keep quiet, he got himself together and screamed even louder as though it was his last breath! Then something happened. Jesus stood still.
Jesus heard his cry and stopped. It is astonishing that the same people who had just forced him to keep quiet then told him “be of good comfort, rise; he calleth”. However, Jesus is never too busy for any of us. Many people were shouting there, but He heard Bartimaeus. It is the same with the woman with bleeding for 12 years. Many people were touching Jesus, and nothing happened. She touched Jesus, and He stopped because He sensed power had gone out from Him. He did not stand still simply because Batimaeus shouted. There was something about his shout that Jesus heard.
First, it was a shout in time of trouble. The Lord’s ears are open to such cries, especially from His children. He said we should call unto Him in trouble so He is attentive to such cries for help. However, it was also a cry of faith. We are not told, but it is very unlikely Batimeaus was the only one in need in that crowd. Thirdly, it was a cry out of revelation. He knew Jesus was the son of David, and that title carries a responsibility. It was the title of the Messiah, whose divine role was to rescue His people from bondage. Bartimeaus cried out and called Jesus by a title that touched His identity and purpose. Jesus could not continue moving forward. He stood still.
Do you know the Name Jesus means Yahweh has come to save His people? It is His delight and purpose to rescue you from anything, spiritual or physical otherwise, He cannot be a Savior. Jesus stood still at the cry of Bartimaeus to ensure He addresses his problem. He is standing still for your cry in prayer. He cares about us individually.
Did Jesus hear Bartimeaous simply because he screamed so loud? Think about the touch of the woman with bleeding for 12 years to get some inspiration!
APPLY THE WORD
Learn to cry out to God in prayer. Something happens in heaven when His children cry out to Him. Crying out to God is not necessarily weeping, but it often will go with it. It simply means calling out to Hin as Bartimaeus did. Ofen than not, tears will be shed. Brethren, this is a season of prayer. Do not merely cry out to God solely for your personal problems. Cry out to Him for the world that is lost and heading to hell with no idea where they are going to. Cry out to Him for the Church to grow up to maturity.
Ask the Spirit for a fresh spirit of prayer upon you in this season.