As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”… “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.”
Luke 18: 35-39, 41, 42 (ESV)
Crying out loudly to God with unyielding resolve is just as powerful as praying silently in solemn faith; they both draw God’s undivided attention
The blind beggar couldn’t see Jesus, but he firmly believed he was in his holy presence. He didn’t hesitate or stammer, but instead offered it his most forceful verbal effort. At that most opportune moment, he vocally propagated his hope by the utmost might of his faith. He didn’t allow anyone to silence his plea and as a result, his dogged persistence paid off, Jesus recognized and honored the beggar’s faith. Silent prayer can be just as impactful on God’s heart when prayed with honesty and resolute conviction.
God places no thresholds or restrictions on demonstrations of our Faith
It can be expressed loudly or silently; it can come in a moment of quiet reflection or boldly during an epic stand of faith and courage. The blind beggar has shown us the way; his faithful persistence paid off.
For it’s not the loudness of our voice that reaches God, but the volume of our Faith
Dear Heavenly Father, strengthen and amplify even our whispers of faith into a powerful crescendo within your heart, and may our faith harmonize with the resonance of your Kingdom. Amen.
A F Fischer