“…but he cried out all the more, ‘ Son of David, have mercy on me!'”
– Mark 10:48
Although blind physically, Bartimaeus was in-tune with God spiritually. He heard about Jesus and, though he could not see the Lord or the miracles performed, he had faith in Christ. “Because you have seen Me,” Jesus said to Thomas, “you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29). In God’s eyes, Bartimaeus was truly blessed!
As the Lord approached His cousin John, the Holy Spirit descended and rested on Jesus. God promised John he would see this, confirming Jesus as Messiah. John cried out with confidence, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29)! As sure as John the Baptist was about Jesus’ Deity, so was blind Bartimaeus’ confidence. He did not need to see the Savior physically to call Jesus by His Messianic title. God had touched his heart with spiritual awareness.
In difficulties, we can feel spiritually blind. Pain in our lives can become overwhelming, and we may never see past it. It can produce emotions so inexpressible; we feel numb and internally imprisoned. Was this not the state of blind Bartimaeus? When he “cried out all the more,” his inarticulate shouts of deep emotion had reached the ears of our Savior, sinking into the Lord’s heart of compassion. Jesus heard the cry! He was healed, restored, and began following the Lord.
Sometimes the most silent prayers derived from internal struggles can be our loudest shouts to our heavenly Father. When it is challenging to articulate inner emotions, rest assured that the Lord still hears the Christian heart! Jesus has compassion, and petitions for us with “groanings which cannot be uttered.”
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
– Romans 8:26-27