‘As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, ‘Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.’ Then he shouted, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Jesus stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ He said, ‘Lord, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.’ Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.’ (Luke 18:35-43)
Sometimes we have to be persistent, when we want to get heard. If it is really, really important, if our life depends on it, then our voice has to cut through the noise to get to the one who can help us! But surely, we do not need to shout for Jesus to hear our prayer? No, of course not, but we need to be ‘diligent in prayer’, so pray regularly, to be able to hear what Jesus is saying to us: ‘What do you want me to do for you?’
What do you think Jesus may be saying to you? How do you think he is willing to help you, in your life? By letting Jesus into your deepest wish, like the blind man did, you give him the chance to heal and to help.