Praying Big Prayers

In the gospel of Mark, a man prays for his friend who is blind. Jesus heals him, and then tells the man to tell no one about it. But instead of keeping the miracle secret, this man goes and tells everyone that he has been healed!

Praying Big Prayers

Mark 10:46-52

  • There were two blind men in Jericho.
  • They called out to Jesus and asked him to heal them.
  • Jesus stopped and asked them what they wanted.
  • The two men told Jesus that they wanted their sight restored to them so they could see again.
  • Jesus touched their eyes, and at once their sight returned and they saw everything clearly! But then he warned them not just to tell anyone about what had happened until after his death on the cross had taken place; if people found out beforehand, it would make it hard for both him and his disciples as well as for all those who believed in him.”

As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. There were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The crowd sternly told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!” Jesus stopped and called them over. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” Jesus was moved with compassion for them and touched their eyes, saying, “As you have believed it will be done for you.” Immediately their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly warned them: “Don’t tell anyone about this.” But instead they went out and spread the news about him all over the region.

Asking for a miracle is one of the most difficult things we can do. When Jesus took on human form, he knew that feeding thousands of people would be hard and that resurrecting Lazarus would be impossible (John 6:5). But when two men begged him to heal their blindness, he didn’t hesitate or say, “I can’t help you.” He was moved by their faith and compassion — two things that should move us as well!

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To pray big prayers together means to seek out opportunities where people are suffering and need our help. It also means recognizing that even though it may seem impossible—like healing someone who is blind or raising someone from the dead—we can ask God to do just that if we believe with all our hearts (Mark 10:27–30).

It is clear that people who knew prayer well enough to pray big prayers had been praying for their friends who were blind—and those prayers were being answered in this new way!

It is clear that people who knew prayer well enough to pray big prayers had been praying for their friends who were blind—and those prayers were being answered in this new way!

Jesus was moved with compassion for them, and touched their eyes. He said to them, “As you have believed it will be done for you.” Their faith was what healed them! When Jesus saw that they had so little faith he really got angry at the religious leaders of Israel and told them off (vss 9-16).

Praying big prayers together can encourage us to keep praying big prayers

Praying big prayers together can encourage us to keep praying big prayers.

When we pray for others, we see that God is at work in their lives and in ours. We begin to realize that God hears our prayers and answers them (1 John 5:14).

And when we see this happening, it encourages us to pray even more boldly and confidently with our whole heart because we know that God is listening (Psalms 33:18-19).

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Conclusion

The power of prayer is one of the most important things we can learn from these two stories. It is clear that people who knew prayer well enough to pray big prayers had been praying for their friends who were blind—and those prayers were being answered in this new way!

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