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Have Mercy

January 24

Have mercy

“Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.” —Luke 18:38

Read Luke 18:35-43

How awful it is to be blind! How difficult it is not to see while doing your work. In Bible times, the only option for the blind was to beg for a living, which was Bartimaeus’ experience every day. But on a certain day, a multitude passed by his way with the Lord Jesus in their midst. Undoubtedly, the beggar had heard of Christ and realized that if ever he was going to undergo any change in his life, it was now or never. He knew that the Lord Jesus was able to heal his blindness, for he had heard of His great healing power. He had to meet the Lord before it would be forever too late. And so he cried out, “Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.”

The people rebuked him, but he continued to call unto the Lord. He knew that if the Lord Jesus passed by he would not be healed. So he cried out even louder, “Thou son of David, have mercy on me” (v. 39).

Do you also call on the name of the Lord? He is passing by your way today as well. Would you cry out, “Jesus, Thou son of David, have mercy on me”? Or do you just ignore the Lord? It is not yet too late to seek Him! Do not harden your heart after having heard His call today. This may be the last opportunity you get.

What was the result of Bartimaeus’ persistent calling to the Lord?

This devotional was taken from “The Time of Your Life” a daily devotional published by the Youth & Educational Committee of the FRC. To order a printed copy of this book, contact:


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