Jesus was leaving Jericho with a crowd of people folliwing him. Two blind men sitting by the roadside began shouting for him. Jesus heard them, stopped and asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” They responded, “Open our eyes.” We know the rest of the story, they became followers of Jesus because they began to ‘see’ immediately. (Mt 20:29-34)
‘Open our eyes’…they began to ‘see’ – literally???? That’s what we believe, right? In our calling out to Jesus we ask many things, and that is only right. He is our Lord and when we ask in faith, I believe that this pleases him. ‘Ask and you shall receive.’ We put our prayers and petitions forth, we ask for healing, for strength, for guidance, for wisdom, etc. But, imagine Jesus approaching you the way that he did to these blind men. Suppose he came to you and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” Would I present my litany of petitions to him….or would I ask him to “open my eyes?” Do I have the faith to ask for sight? Because, once my ‘eyes were opened,’ I might pray differently, follow closer, and love deeper. I might understand more clearly and surrender more willingly.
“What do you want me to do for you?” The two men from Jericho wanted Jesus to ‘open their eyes.’ Jesus made them ‘see,’ the question remains…..did he give them sight, or did he open the ‘eyes of their hearts’…..or perhaps both.