Matthew records, As Jesus walked on, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
He asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they replied.
Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith, let it be done to you”; and their sight was restored.
According to your faith, let it be done to you, is among Jesus’
most life-changing, startling, almost terrifying statements.
The sightless eyes of the two men could not physically
see Jesus any more than our sighted eyes can. But they sensed
his kindness and his power. They prayed a simple, potent prayer,
“the Jesus Prayer:” Jesus, have mercy on us. And they were healed.
Faith is to see God as He is, the prodigal father, running
to hug you when you return repentant, ashamed, and weary.
It is to ask him for mercy. Faith is to see the Lord Jesus who
calls us his friends, stand beside you, power radiating from him.
Faith is knowing that, on request, the Spirit comes to you.
Faith is to ask these three to lay their healing hands on the
neurons of your burnt-out, agitated, distracted, looping mind,
and to heal your overwrought emotions, which can swerve into anger.
Because of the goodness and mercy of God, you know this
healing has, of course, started, right now, because
you prayed, and you can go on your way, whistling.
Faith is to refuse to worry, or to fear but to put our problems
into the hands of Christ, who changed the molecular structure
of bread and fish, multiplying them a thousand-fold. Faith is to
know his power extends over the nitty-gritty of our lives, “for there
is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence
over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, “Mine.” ”
As we pray with faith, seeing Jesus, we are often given
the very thing we ask for. The transcript of our prayers
becomes the transcript of our lives, as Mark Batterson says.
BUT. We live in an already, not-yet kingdom. Not every prayer
will be answered affirmatively. We are not the best writers
of the thriller of our lives. Our plot would have us ascend
the ladder of success, fame, wealth, and being praised which has
no ends, and brings only more striving, disappointment, and exhaustion.
But though Christ can sovereignly multiply the fruits of our labours,
following is not about success, wealth or fame. It is about
learning to love God, and to love people. And God’s Noes
and Not-yets develop our strength and character as surely
as his Yeses do, and through it all, through it all,
his love envelops us, and, on request, we can sip his joy.
If you’d like to read my previous recorded meditations, they are here.
And, of course, I would love you to read my memoir, fruit of much “blood, sweat, toil and tears.”
Rosaries, Reading, Secrets: A Catholic Childhood in India in the UK, and in the US, here, well, and widely available, online, worldwide 🙂