Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples, Bartimaeus, a blind man, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” Many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.” He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said, “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.
Sharing the Mission
Our Lord wants us to persevere in prayer and not be discouraged because God seems slow in answering our prayers. The truth is that it is not God who fails to take us seriously when we pray to him, but rather we fail to take God seriously. Sometimes in our heart of hearts we pray without full confidence that He is going to give us what we ask. I wonder if God is slow in answering our prayers at times in order to perfect the confidence which He wishes us to have in Him who is our Father. Sometimes the reason of God’s delay in answering our prayers is that He wants to make us ready to accept what He desires to give us.
Have you at times found that sometimes God seems slow in answering your prayers?
In your conference work this week, ask yourself, am I truly listening to the words spoken by the person being assisted?
(Leader) For the sick and the poor who wait for healing,
(Together) Lord, hear our prayer.
(Leader) For the grace to persevere in prayer and trust in God,
(Together) Lord, hear our prayer. (Together) Amen.