Your Deepest Need

Lou Lotz

READ : Mark 10:46-52

Bartimaeus cries out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” The Lord stops, calls for the beggar, and asks, “What do you want me to do for you?” Bartimaeus was born blind. From the darkness of his mother’s womb he passed into the darkness of this world. Even his dreams were blank. It was springtime in Palestine, but for Bartimaeus there was no springtime. What he most wanted was to see. “Master, let me receive my sight,” he pleaded.

What is your deepest need? If Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” what would you say? “Master, let me control my temper. Master, let me break the chains of this addiction. Let my spouse become a Christian.”

Jesus of Nazareth is passing by. He will stop for you if you will call out to him. Ask him to meet your deepest need. Be specific. Is the one who healed blind Bartimaeus any less powerful today?

“Take heart; rise, he is calling you,” the people said to Bartimaeus. He is calling you, too. You with your burden of care. You with your troubled marriage. You with your guilt. You with your aching grief. He stopped once and stood still for Bartimaeus. He will stop for you.


Father, mold your grace to my deepest need. Amen.