Daily bible reading: 28 October

Ask in faith. 

Something to read

So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

Mark 10: 50-52 from full reading Mark 10:46-52

Something to think about

The beggar in this story demands not only the attention of Jesus, but that mercy is given to him. He clamours for Jesus’ attention so much that he cannot be ignored. He is bold in his manner, yet he is also requested by Jesus to identify exactly what it is, that he, the beggar is asking for.

I wonder how many of us ask things of God with the same boldness? I wonder if we can have the candour that Bartimaeus was so willing to portray in our communication with God?

Here is the underdog, the person for whom society passes by, and for whom life has little chance of improvement. Yet, Bartimaeus shows great courage in standing up to those who would prefer him to remain silent. He does so by using his voice, and also literally, in springing up to come to Jesus, when called.

Having singled out the one thing that Bartimaeus has yearned for, he is then told that his faith has made him well. It is in the sending out, the dismissal, that he regains his sight. The combination of trust and faith allows something miraculous to occur in Bartimaeus’ life.

Something to do

Are there areas of life that you feel are a real struggle? Where you feel pushed back, and crushed? Bring these things to God in prayer, and ask God for mercy. Allow God to take these situations and use them in a way that God wants. 

Something to pray

Lord, I ask for your mercy. I ask for help in my specific situation and I ask it with the same boldness and faith that Bartimaeus showed when you were travelling on that road that day. Help me to see and respond to this situation with your love.

Today’s contributor is the Rev Ellie Charman, an assistant curate in the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness in the Scottish Episcopal Church.