Devotional | What Do You Want?


What do you want?

We all know the story of the blind man, Bartimaeus, found in the gospels (See Mark 10:46-52). Blind Bartimaeus was so blind that his first name was Blind! There are three words I glean from this story that should help us when we seek God, especially if we are seeking Him for a breakthrough in some area of our lives: desperation, mercy and specific.

“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47 NIV)


Bartimaeus was so desperate for Jesus to do something in his life that he did not cave into the pressures of the crowd telling him to be quiet. He was not following the cultural (man-made) proprieties of his day. And neither should you. When you are desperate enough you will go after God at all costs. Don’t let anyone convince you to settle for less than what you know God has promised to you as His child. Just don’t do anything immoral or illegal! Be led by the Spirit.


Bartimaeus was desperate but he did not have a sense of entitlement. He didn’t convey the impression that he was owed anything by Jesus. Instead, he cried out for mercy! You have to have a posture of humility and vulnerability in order to cry out for mercy. And this is good. Very good. Here is what the impetuous Peter learned in his lifetime, “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5 NKJV)


Jesus asked him, “What do you want?” Do you think that Jesus did not discern what Blind Bartimaeus wanted? When you are seeking God for an answer, make sure you know what you want. Be specific. Get in touch with your real and deepest needs, and God will meet those needs. Indeed, how much more will your Father give good gifts to those who ask Him!