By Nicole Flowers
April 17, 2020
Passages of the day: Click HERE to read today’s passages.
If you know me, you know I’m loud. I laugh loudly, I talk loudly, I opine loudly… I’m a loud gal.
This, as you can imagine, isn’t always one of my most attractive qualities but as I read through today’s passages, I was encouraged by our blind beggar in Luke. When he realized Jesus - THE Jesus - was walking by, he got real vocal. People told him to hush (I hear that!) but I love how, in response, “...he shouted all the more.” Nothing, and nobody, was getting in the way of him getting his Savior’s attention.
How often am I loud about the right things? How often do I call out to God, “Have mercy on me!” and, even when there is so much noise attempting to cut off my prayer time - work meetings, social events, ministries - how often do I press on and continue to plead in faith even more?
Jesus hears and asks a simple, yet seemingly obvious question: “What do you want me to do for you?” Thwack! “Hey, Nicole, you got my attention. What do you want from me?” There’s a gracious directness here I so appreciate. It makes me think of John 5:6 when Jesus asks the cripple by the pool, “Do you want to be healed?” Do I, amongst my anxious cries, pray specifically for the places in my life needing healing? Am I honest with myself and with my God?
Lord, teach me to pray with irrevocable, blind faith. And in that space, may I learn to pray with spiritual sight for those areas in my life where I know I need Your miraculous touch to set me free.
Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man
is possible with God.”
— Luke 18:27