This blog post continues along the theme of praying for people for healing. It is taken from Day 28 “Ministering like Jesus: How to Grow in Healing, Deliverance and Miracles” (Available here)
Mark 10:46-52 – Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
In this passage, I first notice that it can get messy before a miracle. The noise, the shouting, the crowd, the rebuking of the shouter, the shouting getting louder. It would have sounded chaotic. I would have felt like shouting, “STOP!”
Bartimaeus needed Jesus to hear him as Bartimaeus could not see Jesus, so he used what he had (his voice) to get Jesus’ attention. Jesus heard Bartimaeus above the noise, just like He always hears us.
He hears the cry of our hearts.
Even though Bartimaeus was told to be quiet, he became louder and more insistent. Bartimaeus knew who Jesus was and what Jesus could do. Bartimaeus had complete faith in Jesus’ ability to heal him. He was desperate for healing and was not going to miss out. Bartimaeus persevered.
Before Bartimaeus received his healing, he gave up his only possession – his cloak. His cloak symbolized his status as a beggar, his identity. He was willing to give up everything he had to get what he needed. He was willing to give up his only source of income to receive healing. He was willing to change his identity from a beggar to that of being healed and whole.
This passage shows no record of Jesus touching Bartimaeus to heal him. There is also no record of casting out a demon before healing, as is common in many of Jesus’ miracles in Mark’s Gospel. Jesus did not treat Bartimaeus the same way He healed the blind man at Bethsaida – by putting His spit in the blind man’s eyes. Just because the spit worked before when healing the blind man, Jesus treats each person individually. There is no set formula for healing with Jesus. Each person is unique. Each healing is unique.
Jesus asks, “What do you want me to do for you?”. When praying for people, a pivotal question to ask them is, “What do you want Jesus to do for you today?” The answer becomes apparent once they can articulate what they want Jesus to do for them.
A lady brought her elderly father to the Healing Rooms for prayer for healing one morning. We looked at the list of all the physical conditions they had listed that the man needed healing. It seemed overwhelming.
Before I even asked the Holy Spirit where we needed to start, I asked this man what he wanted Jesus to do for him this morning.
The man’s response shocked me.
The man replied, “I want to accept Jesus into my heart.”
Right then and there, we had the privilege of praying with this man, and his daughter, for him to enter the Kingdom of God.
I am so grateful for the question, “What do you want Jesus to do for you at the moment?” We could have missed this significant opportunity of this man accepting Jesus into his life. We then prayed for healing for all the physical issues, with him seeing amazing results. A couple of conditions were not healed, but the man’s focus had now shifted. The joy he carried was far greater than his physical condition. He had received far more than what he had expected.
To answer Jesus’ question, Bartimaeus replied: “I want to see.” Immediately Bartimaeus received his sight. Healing can occur immediately. Bartimaeus’ next response is to follow Jesus.
Immediately followed Jesus.
- How do I respond in chaotic situations?
- What am I prepared to give up to get what I need and follow Jesus?
- How am I pressing into God for my healing?
- Do I hear and see the ones who need a touch from Jesus, or am I distracted in the chaos?
- Do I give people an opportunity to follow Jesus immediately after they have received their healing?
- What do I want Jesus to do for me today?
Thank you, Jesus, that You are not put off by the mess and chaos surrounding us. Thank you, Jesus, for treating us all as individuals and ministering to our uniqueness. Thank you, Jesus, that You provide the answer for all my needs. Thank you, Jesus, that You hear the cries of my heart. Help me to see what You are doing and not get distracted. Help me treat each person I meet as an individual and worthy of Your love. Jesus, I declare today that I will give people an opportunity to receive from You, helping them encounter You for themselves. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prophetic Activations / Exercises to incorporate into your week:
Every blog post, I list five prophetic activations/exercises under children/family, group, beginner, intermediate and advanced. The purpose of these exercises is to practice to help us hear God’s voice in a clearer manner. They sharpen our senses to hear and see and sense God and His way of communicating with us. This enables us to grow in our relationship with God and also to impart to others what God tells us for them. Feel free to use as many of these activations each week as you can. The more you practice, the sharper you become at hearing God’s voice. Enjoy! Remember that whenever you give another person a prophetic word or picture etc, please make sure that it is encouraging, edifying (strengthening) and comforting (1 Corinthians 14:3) and that it comes from a place of love.
1. Children / Families Activation: Give everyone paper and pencils/crayons and ask each person to draw two pictures – who Jesus wants to be for them today, and another picture – what they need from Jesus today. Ask them to explain what they have drawn. Finish with praying for each person.
2. Group Activation: Spend time praying for each group member (depending on the size of your group, you may need to break into smaller groups) asking each person, “What would you like Jesus to do for you today?”
3. Beginner Activation: Spend time with God sharing with Him what you would love Him to be or do for you today and listen for His response.
4. Intermediate Activation: During a phone call this week, ask the person “If Jesus could do anything for you at the moment, what would you like Him to do for you?” Then ask them if you could pray for them.
5. Advanced Activation: Spend time with God asking Him who He would love to be for your country. Turn the answer into a prophetic statement to declare aloud.