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How to approach our Lord? (Part II)


Dictionary meaning of Mercy is: It is an act of kindness, compassion, or favor. So when the blind men said “Have mercy on us” it’s similar to Matthew 20:20 where its John and James mother asked a favor of Jesus. So the approach way was similar to approach made by mother of Zebedee's sons. Now let’s look at the request that was made by these blind men. They said “Lord, we want you to give us our eyesight back”

[KJV]: “They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened”

There was no selfishness or self-centeredness in this request. This was requested so that these blind men can see and lead life as a normal individual. There was no wrong intention or wrong motives in their request. The initial response of Lord when these disciples and the blind med approached him was, He said “What do you want?” This is what Lord asks us all every time. He is there to give us and that also without any returns. All that he wants is to ask and that also with a good motive .

Bible says in Matthew 7:7 - “Ask and you will receive. Search and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened for you.”

Luke 11:9-10 says “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

We have to approach him every day and every moment. It’s not that we should look to Lord when we have problems only. We should always approach him with thanks giving and praise. All that we want is already provided to us by Lord though his mercy and grace. We just have to receive them with acknowledgement which is called FAITH.

Psalm 37:4 says “Be happy with the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart”

The final response from Jesus for these 2 scenarios was different. This difference was because of the motive behind the request put across to Lord. Disciples were asked other question

Matthew 20:22 Jesus replied, “You don't realize what you're asking. Can you drink the cup that I'm going to drink?"

Lord said that these positions are not for Jesus to decide, but for God the almighty to decide and assign. So the end result was their request was not granted, not even that he later gave the explanations about how to approach with humbleness and serving. On the other hand with the blind men we see that they got the instant response and as bible say in Matthew 20:34 Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

The final thing which can be noticed here are those last word in the verse 34 “they followed him”. This is a very strong statement which says what we should do once we get our request fulfilled. These blind men after getting vision did not run away or went to their own way to enjoy the world and its worldly things; instead what they did was “they followed him [Jesus]” 

Approach Lord with humble nature, giving respect to him and ask for a favor with a good motive. Believe on him with faith and receive his blessing abundantly.

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