The Word Among Us

January 2008 Issue

A Direct Question—And a Faith-Filled Answer

What do you want me to do for you? (Mark 10:51)

Jesus asked this question of a blind beggar who was calling out to him in the middle of a crowd of people. And with great courage, the beggar—whose name was Bartimaeus—told him: “Master, I want to see.” That’s all it took, and Jesus healed him.

Wouldn’t you love to have an encounter like this with Jesus? Wouldn’t it be great, as a new year begins, if you could ask Jesus to heal you over the coming months? We all make resolutions at this time of year—decisions to improve some area of our lives. But what if this year, we asked Jesus to do the work with us? What if we identified one or two areas where we need healing, and then set about to find the Lord’s power?

Perhaps we have a need for physical healing. Or maybe we need to be healed from the effects of sin in our lives. Or perhaps we feel burdened by painful memories and want to be set free. Whatever our situation, God wants us to know that he has the solution. He wants us to know that he can bring light into our darkness.

This month we want to take a look at some Bible stories that talk about Jesus’ healing power. We want to ask how we can experience this power in our own lives. In effect, we want to ask how we too can have the faith that heals and restores—the kind of faith that brings Jesus’ healing power to those in need.

So what do you want Jesus to do for you this year?