Jesus Welcomes the Oppressed & Oppressor, Pt. I

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This week, Pastor Donnell invited us to step into the shoes of a beggar— a blind man who was sitting beside the road as Jesus and his follower passed by. Generally, we don’t like to see ourselves in the position of a beggar. We don’t like to admit that kind of vulnerability in ourselves, that kind of need for help and support from others. It is much easier to think of ourselves as self-sufficient people who don’t need all that much. But Jesus stops and notices this man, this man who is rejected by the people around him as someone deserving of Jesus’ attention. Not only that but he asks him, “What do you want me to do for you?”

Spend some time this week with Luke 18:35-41:

35 As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth[a] is passing by.” 38 Then he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 Jesus stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me see again.”

Really try to identify with the blind man. What would make you desperate enough to cry out to Jesus in this way? Try to identify at least one concrete situation or emotion in your life that cries out for the kind of healing that Jesus offers Bartimaeus here. Notice your reaction when you think about doing this. Are you able to trust in the generous love of Jesus? Are you willing to accept the provision he offers?

Feel free to share your experience with others who have also tried this prayer exercise by commenting below or emailing:

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