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

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Jesus came near the city of Jericho. There was a blind man sitting beside the road. The blind man was begging people for money. When this man heard the people coming down the road, he asked, "What is happening?" The people told him, "Jesus, the one from Nazareth, is coming here." The blind man was excited and said, "Jesus, Son of David! Please help me!" The people that were in front, leading the group, criticized the blind man. They told him not to speak. But the blind man shouted more and more, "Son of David, please help me!"
— Luke 18:35-39 NLT
Illustration of Luke 18:35-39 NLT — "Son of David, please help 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 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.

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.