LUKE 18:35-43

Verses 35-43 “35And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:
36And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.
37And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.
38And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.
39And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.
40And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,
41Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.
42And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
43And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.”

Mark tells us that the blind man was Bartimaeus.  He is a man who could not be silenced or stopped when he prayed.  It is a lesson to us that we must not let anything or anyone stop us from calling out to God in prayer.  Especially is this true of a sinner who wants to be forgiven.  When God convicts and moves a sinner to come to Him, that sinner will be determined to come to Christ.  When the Devil tries to stop him, he should cry out “so much the more.”

MARK 10:46-52

Verses 46-52 “46And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.
47And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.
48And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.
49And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.
50And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.
51And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.
52And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.”

Bartimaeus cried out all the more when he was told to hold his peace. When someone says to us, “Shut up! Don’t pray to Jesus! It won’t do any good anyway!” that is exactly the time when we must pray all the more. God loves determination and persistence in prayer.