People Need the Lord

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 10:46-52

And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (v. 47)

We often used to sing a song in church called “People Need the Lord.” I happen to like that song simply because it’s so true. Again and again I have witnessed how much people, myself included, need the Lord.

Bartimaeus certainly needed the Lord. Unable to work because of his blindness, Bartimaeus begs for a living at the city gate of Jericho. Bartimaeus stands out as a good example for us when we are in a time of need.

First, Bartimaeus is persistent. When he hears that Jesus is passing by, Bartimaeus calls out to Jesus. Even though some in the crowd tried to silence him, he will not stop. Sometimes in our need, we give up praying too soon. Bartimaeus didn’t quit calling out to Jesus until he had an answer.

Another noteworthy aspect of this encounter is that Bartimaeus makes a specific request: “Rabbi, let me recover my sight” (v. 51). If we really need something specific from the Lord, our request should be clear and precise, not vague.

Finally, after he was healed, Bartimaeus followed Jesus. Being healed is one thing, but when the Lord grants our request, our response ought to be wholehearted commitment to follow him. Bartimaeus did not selfishly go his own way, but out of gratitude followed Jesus. So should we.—John Koedyker

As you pray, bring your needs to the Lord.