There is a story told of Jesus, perhaps you remember Matthew’s retelling of it? Jesus had stopped a flow of blood in a woman who had been suffering for 15 years, along with raising a young girl from the dead. As he continued on his way two blind men struggled along with the group that followed after him. They cried out for mercy, as Jesus found his lodging.
After Jesus stopped at a house, these blind men caught up to him. They continued to prevail upon him to change their circumstances. The text says that Jesus asked them a question, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
When they affirmed their belief he complied with their request and they had their sight restored. (Matthew 9:27-31)
Can you imagine the fumbling, stumbling journey of two blind men being carried along with a crowd following Jesus? Being pressed on every hand, pushed, shoved, tripped and stumbling, the path to Jesus could not have been easy. Their voices mingling with all of the other appeals for help, straining trying to hear where Jesus was so they could project their cries in the proper direction, it would not have been simple.
After the crowd dispersed as Jesus entered a house, disappearing from sight, the blind men stumble onto the door.
Many lessons can be drawn from this story, and I’ve considered some of them here before. Today I want to contemplate another question, perhaps one of the most important ones.
Is it possible that the reason that we don’t bring more before God in prayer is because we don’t believe that he can do anything? The blind men, with a sense of urgency and determination, doggedly followed Jesus until they caught up. There was something that they believed only he could change. They wanted it.
What have you taken before God with such passion? This is no “Now I lay me down to sleep” kind of conversation. These are the words that arise from despair and hopelessness. Your prayers, do you believe?