What Jesus Did! 'Shout Louder!' — Luke 18:35-39

Thursday, October 31, 2019

As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind beggar was sitting beside the road. When he heard the noise of a crowd going past, he asked what was happening. They told him that Jesus the Nazarene was going by. So he began shouting, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" "Be quiet!" the people in front yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
— Luke 18:35-39 NLT
Illustration of Luke 18:35-39 NLT — "Son of David, have mercy on me!"

Key Thought

So often we let the noise and commotion of our crowded lives distract us from Jesus' presence in our lives. Deep down, we know that we need time in his presence — time that comes from prayer and reading the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the New Testament). So let's intentionally cry out each day, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Let's invite Jesus into our busy lives. When we let all our distractions and responsibilities crowd Jesus out of our lives, let's shout louder! If the blind man in Jesus' day wouldn't be silenced until he came into the presence of Jesus, then we shouldn't settle for anything less today.

Today's Prayer

Father, forgive me for letting the noise and "busyness" of my life crowd Jesus out of my life. Make my heart yearn to learn more of Jesus each day. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Revelation 3:20
  • Luke 19:1-10
  • Luke 7:36-38

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.