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35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him, Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 He called out, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41 What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied. 42 Jesus said to him, Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.”

Luke 18:35-43


In Luke 18, Jesus is amid his earthly ministry. Luke 18:35-42 is a case study of how the nation should have responded to the Messiah. What is interesting even further, the man in our passage from today was an outcast from mainstream Judaism, yet we learn a valuable lesson from his life and his faith.


Heavenly Father, speak to me today. I repent of the sin in my heart and my life that is not honoring You. I ask for You to breathe a fresh word into my spirit today from Your Word. Use this time to make me more like You.

Questions from today’s reading:

  • What was the issue the man who was crying out to Jesus faced?
  • When he cried out to Jesus, what did he shout to Him?
  • How was the man healed by Jesus?
  • What was the length of time it took for the man to be healed?

Applications from today’s reading:

  • The blind man asked for God to show mercy by healing him of his blindness.
    • The man could do nothing to fix himself. He sat begging by the road waiting for something to happen.
  • The blind man couldn’t see Jesus, but he recognized Him as the Messiah.
    • The Messiah was the One who could heal his blindness.
  • The blind man fully believed he could be healed because of the power of the One whom he asked.
  • To bear the shield of faith is evidenced by being fully convinced of the healing power of Jesus in your life.
    • Healing through faith doesn’t come because of the magnitude of your faith, but because of the magnitude of the power of Jesus.
    • Who or what in your life do you need faith to believe for healing from Jesus? Write down the name or situation and pause right now to pray.
  • The healing that Jesus brings into your life is your testimony of faith and your opportunity to praise.


God, thank You that through faith in You, healing is possible. Thank You that a byproduct of the shield of faith is faith that believes in healing. (Take time now to specifically ask Jesus for healing, by faith, where it is needed in your life or someone you know.)

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