Make a hot drink, settle into a comfy chair and take some time to read through the following devotion that Pastor Milton has written for you…
You might like to start with this prayer:
God – it is good to spend time with you. Calm my thoughts. Help me to hear you. Thank you for coming into my life in this moment. Amen
Jesus, have mercy on me!
Read through this verse slowly. Pause and read it again.
Stay with it for a moment. What stands out to you?
When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47).
Last week we heard how Jesus came to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45). Jesus did this because he is merciful Son of God. Today, we hear how Jesus showed mercy to the blind man. How Jesus showed mercy in responding to Bartimaeus cry: “Jesus Son of David, have mercy on me.” (Mark 10:47).
Jesus is passing through Jericho with his disciples. A large crowd is following Jesus. As they are leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. (Mark 10:46). When Bartimaeus heard that it is Jesus of Nazareth who is passing by, he begins to shout out: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.” (Mark 10:47). This is not just a cry for help. It is a cry of faith. Bartimaeus is crying out to the Son of David, to the promised Messiah that would come from David’s line.
Those around Bartimaeus try to stop him. But they can’t silence him. Bartimaeus persistence is rewarded when Jesus summons him. Jesus asks him: “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51). Once again we see Bartimaeus faith coming through in his response: “My teacher, let me see again.” (Mark 10:51). The Greek word see can also mean to look up. Jesus doesn’t just restore Bartimaeus physical sight, Bartimaeus is able to look up into the face of the one who has shown him mercy. Bartimaeus is able to look up into the face of his Lord and Saviour.
Jesus commends Bartimaeus for his faith: “Go, your faith has made you well.” (Mark 10:52). Bartimaeus is not only healed of his blindness. Bartimaeus faith has saved him. Bartimaeus is now free. Free to go! Where does Bartimaeus chose to go? Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way. (Mark 10:52). Bartimaeus chose to become a follower of Jesus.
As baptised believers, we too can look up into the face of Jesus and cry out: Jesus, have mercy on me!
We can pray this prayer in a number of different situations.
Have mercy on me a sinner!
All of us need to acknowledge that we stand before God as sinners. But we also stand before God as forgiven sinners. That is why every day we can cry out to God: Have mercy on me a sinner! We cry this out in faith, knowing and believing that we are already forgiven of our sins for Jesus’ sake. God answers our cry for mercy and reassures us that our sins are forgiven. God speaks his word of forgiveness over us whenever we confess our sins before him as part of the congregation. As we commune at the Lord’s Table, we are reassured once again that we have the forgiveness of sins. As God’s forgiven children, we are free to show the same mercy as we forgive one another.
Have mercy on us!
Have you been crying out to God to have mercy on us as a nation and as part of the world as we battle the ongoing effects of the Pandemic? Not only through the Pandemic, but through all the challenges and disappointments that life throws up at us. We cry out to God for mercy at this time knowing that God will mercifully hear and answer our prayers.
Have mercy on …!
We can also look up to God and pray for mercy on someone that we know and care about. We can pray for mercy for that family member who seemingly isn’t interested in God. We can pray for mercy for that person who has hurt us. We can pray for mercy for that person who is sick. We can pray for mercy for that person who is struggling with life. We can pray for mercy for that person who is struggling with their faith.
We can pray this prayer with all the confidence of Bartimaeus who wasn’t deterred by the crowd who were trying to shut him up. Jesus heard his cry for mercy. Jesus answered his cry for mercy. Jesus hears our cries for mercy. Jesus answers our cries for mercy.
Lord Jesus, thank you for showing mercy
and healing people.
Increase our faith in you.
Take a moment to add any other prayers that are on your heart.