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January 14, 2018

Mark 8:22-25 Building Up Faith

Mark 8:22-25

22 And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” 24 And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” 25 Then Jesus[c] laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.26 And he sent him to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.”

This is a fascinating story that gives us a guide on how we can pray for others. I’ve used the same pattern in how I pray for people especially when it comes to healing.  When Jesus prayed for the blind man, the man saw something, but his sight was still blurred.

In verse 25, Jesus laid his hands on his eye again and then his eyes were opened. This was Jesus. He was persistent. Not that the first time – the healing did not occur but imagine being the blind man whose faith is being infused when he felt something wet in his eyes (which was Jesus saliva), and the laying on of hands and then the command to be healed.

When he saw clearly, there was no mistake that it was Jesus who healed him. In the same way, as we pray for people, let us help them build their faith in Christ and at the same time let us learn from Jesus who never gave up until the healing happens.

 

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