Focus Passage: Mark 10:46-52
Bartimaeus had heard of Jesus and his miracles, and learning that he was passing by, hoped to recover his eyesight. In coming to Christ for help and healing, we should look to him as the promised Messiah. The gracious calls Christ gives us to come to him, encourage our hope, that if we come to him we shall have what we come for. Those who would come to Jesus must cast away the garment of their own sufficiency, must free themselves from every weight, and the sin that, like long garments, most easily besets them, Hebrews 12:1. It is not enough, however, to come to Christ for spiritual healing, but, when we are healed, we must continue to follow him; that we may honor him, and receive instruction from him. Those who have spiritual eyesight, see that beauty in Christ, which will draw them to run after him.
1. When has persistence paid off for you?
2. How does the blind man address Jesus? (10:47-8) Why did the people rebuke the blind man? (10:48)
3. How did the blind man respond to the criticism from the crowd? (10:48) What do the blind man's actions tell you about his character and his attitude toward Jesus? (10:48)
4. How did the crowds of people treat Bartimaeus after they found out Jesus had called for him? (10:49) What is the mood of Bartimaeus after Jesus calls him?
5. When have you persistently prayed for one particular request? What happened?
6. What does it mean to be persistent in prayer? What role does persistence play in prayer?
7. What connection is there between a person's faith and whether God answers their prayer?
8. What is one request that you will commit yourself to pray for regularly this week?