“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!” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; He is calling you.”
Mark 10:47-49

 Attention. Infants get it by crying. Children receive it sometimes through tantrums. Students call for  it from their teachers by raising their hands. We demand it every time we speak with someone. Just as firemen respond in a rescue mission when they see smoke nearby, it’s the same with everyone. We need to get people’s attention by creating something that will cause them to stop and look at you.

In this Scripture passage,  Jesus was about to pass by the roadside in Jericho where there was this blind man named Bartimaeus shouting at the top of his voice. He was shouting the name of Jesus. Properly addressing Him, he shouted “Son of David”. In this case, Jesus would know that this man was calling for Him – that he was calling for a specific person by name, calling Jesus as someone he knew personally. However, since a crowd of disciples was following Jesus, maybe He did not noticed his cry. But some people who heard him asked him to stop. Why?   Perhaps because he was blind and would ask for alms.  Yet, he shouted all the more.

Then, Jesus heard and turned His head. Bartimaeus has gotten his attention. For this man, “Jesus stopped.” The blind helpless beggar had an unstoppable faith that made the unstoppable God stop.

How did Bartimaeus get His attention? Persistence and perseverance.

How many times did we stop praying for something we prayed for so long just because God hasn’t answered yet? It could be the salvation of a loved one or a break in our career. He honors our persistence and perseverance in our prayers.

Just as Jesus narrated in a parable where a persistent friend knocked in the middle of the night to ask bread.  His friend will eventually respond and give what he asked for because of his impudence (Lk. 11:8). Never stop praying persistently with perseverance so that we won’t miss the point of prayer in our lives.  Get “in touch” with Jesus – in the same hand to hand experience as Bartimaeus had.

Written By:  Darwin Cruz