What Jesus Did! 'Have Mercy on Me!' — Mark 10:46-47

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Then they came to the town of Jericho. Jesus was leaving that town with his followers and many other people. A blind man named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting by the road. This man was always begging for money. The blind man heard that Jesus from Nazareth was walking by. The blind man shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, please help me!"
— Mark 10:46-47
Illustration of Mark 10:46-47 — "Jesus, Son of David, please help me!"

Key Thought

So often we let pride and social convention keep us from asking from God what we most need from him and what he is often most willing to give us—mercy. Let's not be shamed into silence. When we realize we need mercy, grace, and forgiveness, let's not be shy about humbly asking for it from our generous and loving Father.

Today's Prayer

O Father, without your mercy and grace I would surely fail to find my way into your holiness presence. Thank you for lavishing your gifts of grace and the Holy Spirit upon me. Let me never forget your mercy, love, and grace. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then they came to the town of Jericho. Jesus was leaving that town with his followers and many other people. A blind man named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting by the road. This man was always begging for money. The blind man heard that Jesus from Nazareth was walking by. The blind man shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, please help me!" Many people criticized the blind man. They told him not to speak. But the blind man shouted more and more, "Son of David, please help me!" Jesus stopped and said, "Tell the man to come here." So they called the blind man. They said, "Be happy! Stand up! Jesus is calling you." The blind man stood quickly. He left his coat there and went to Jesus. Jesus asked the man, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man answered, "Teacher, I want to see again." Jesus said, "Go. You are healed because you believed." Then the man was able to see again. He followed Jesus on the road.

Mark 10:46-52

Related Scripture Readings

My good God, answer me when I pray to you! Hear my prayer and be kind to me! Give me some relief from all my troubles!

Psalm 4:1

So God, I turned and prayed to you. I asked you to show mercy to me. I said, "God, what good is it if I die and go down into the grave? Dead people just lie in the dirt! They don't praise you. They don't tell people how much we can depend on you. Lord, hear my prayer and be kind to me! Lord, help me!" {I prayed and you helped me!} You changed my crying into dancing. You took away my clothes of sadness. And you wrapped me in happiness. Lord, my God, I will praise you forever, so there will never be silence, and there will always be someone singing songs to honor you.

Psalm 30:8-12

God, be merciful to me, because of your great loving kindness, because of your great mercy, erase all my sins.

Psalm 51:1

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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