DayBreaks for 09/23/13 – Don’t Stop Yelling to Soon
Luke 18:35-40a (NLT) – As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind beggar was sitting beside the road. 36 When he heard the noise of a crowd going past, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him that Jesus the Nazarene was going by. 38 So he began shouting, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 “Be quiet!” the people in front yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 When Jesus heard him, he stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him…
I wonder how often we fail to really try to get God’s attention. Here was a blind man who had to ask what all the commotion was about. He is told and starts yelling for Jesus. He’s told by all the other people to shut up (we humans are so quick to give advice to others) but it only made him yell louder. He wasn’t going to give up until he got the attention of the rabbi from Nazareth.
How’s your prayer life? How quickly do you “give up”? We may pray without passion. We may blithely say repetitive words and say that we’ve “prayed” today. We may pray about something a few times and give up. We may get advice from others who either 1) mean well, or; 2) have their own selfish interests at heart, and as a result we slink back into our corner or pursue the bad advice (like shutting up once we’ve asked God for something) and the result is we never have that life-changing encounter with Jesus.
When told to “Shut up!”, this man got louder. He refused to be ignored. I think God wants us to be the same way, to pray “without ceasing” – not just all the time, but not quitting!
Did Jesus heal every blind person, lame person, leprous-skinned person he met or encountered during his life? We don’t know, but probably not. Does our yelling out to God mean we’ll get what we want, too? No necessarily. But if we don’t quit yelling, we may have a better chance of it.
PRAYER: May our prayers be real and spring from honest hearts and may we never stop striving to have a closer encounter with you, Jesus! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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