May 4th, 2018 — IGNITE

Have you ever wondered if truly God hears your prayers? Let’s be honest, you and I both have had times when we were lifting something up before the throne of God, over and over again, with seemingly no results. It was as if the doors of heaven were closed and God was taking no more request. We were pouring out our hearts before God because of the urgency, but the office was closed for the weekend. Remember?

It might have been a health issue, or a financial debt that needed to be paid off. Maybe it was a torn relationship that wasn’t getting any better – as a matter of fact, it was getting worse. And as you prayed with all the faith you could muster, nothing was changing. Nothing.

You even reached a point of thinking (you would never dare say it out loud) “What’s the use? I’m stuck in the situation and evidently it’s my issue and I have to deal with it.”

But I’m going to tell you now is not the time to back down. Now is not the time to slow down. Now is not the time to give in. Not today, not anyday. The enemy cannot convince me otherwise. He’s a liar… a deceiver… a manipulator. He’s trying to stop you dead in your tracks… keeping you up all night… whispering stupid stuff in your ears. But no more! Today, we’re going to get up and move out! We’re going to go stand in front of the King of kings and Lord of lords and speak up.

That’s what Bartimaeus did (Mark 10:46-52). He was a blind guy who sat on the edge of the road everyday begging for money, or food, or whatever anybody would give him. Some days were better than others. But most often, multitudes of people just passed him by, not paying any attention to him or what we was saying or needing.

But if it only took a moment to bring havoc into your life, it will only take a moment to set it right when Jesus steps into your life. Blind Bart heard Jesus was passing by. He wasn’t interested in an autograph or a selfie with Jesus. He wanted something much more than that. He wanted to see again. So he started shouting to Jesus. The people told the poor blind guy to stop making such a fuss, no one cared about him anyway. But he shouted even more. It was now or never. Who knew if he’d ever get this opportunity again.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Blind Bart got his eyesight back that day because He believed Jesus could do that. Though there were plenty of people telling him to stop bothering Jesus, he was tenacious. Do you have that kind of audacity?

Are you going to sit around and keep begging? Or are you going to cry out to the One who always hears, get up on your feet and go meet with Jesus?

Hear my heart cry today. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen