This week’s prayer request may seem a little strange. Although, when we consider multiple texts in the New Testament related to blindness, I believe it will make sense. The essence of this request is seen in John 9.35-39. “Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, ‘Do you believe in the Son of God?’ He answered and said, ‘Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?’ And Jesus said to him, ‘You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.’ Then he said, ‘Lord, I believe!’ And he worshiped Him. And Jesus said, ‘For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind’” (NKJV).
The dialogue above followed one of Jesus’ miraculous healings. A certain man who was born blind was fortunate enough to encounter the compassionate Jesus. As the story unfolds, notice several of the characteristics of this “blind” man. He saw a reason to obey Jesus (John 9.7). He saw a person to confess (John 9.20-25). He saw someone who could do marvelous things (John 9.30-33). In contrast, others saw Jesus as a sinner who could not be from God and looked for reasons not to believe in Him. While the man’s blindness enabled him to turn to the one source that could heal him, their vision kept them from turning to Jesus. Thus, their sin remained.
As you petition God for the characteristics of this blind man, always consider some very personal aspects related to blindness as well. Sometimes blindness toward one’s temptations is needed (James 1.14-15). Jesus taught us to be blind toward the problems of others until after we can see our own faults clearly (Matthew 7.3-5). Is it possible that our vision can lead us to prejudiced opinions?
Finally, let’s all follow the example of the blind man from Luke 18.35-43. He realized his need for Jesus. His desire for Jesus far outweighed the insistence from the crowd to be silent. He did not care what anyone else thought, and nothing would deter him from crying out to Jesus for help. His plea was for mercy. As was stated before, we can learn a lot from these blind men.
Lord, make me blind.