Has anyone ever told you to shut up?
How about while publicly praying?
“Shut up, God is busy! Leave him alone!”
Basically that’s what happens in Matthew 20.
“29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”
34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.”
In Mark 10 one of these guys is named, Bartimaeus. Luke also records the story with one guy. (Mentioning one guy doesn’t say that there wasn’t two guys).
Keep quiet and don’t bother God.
Who would say something like that? Would they be a friend or an enemy?
Mary and I were praying together last night and I got so distracted by a disturbing thought that I stopped praying mid sentence.
It wasn’t “shut up! Stop bothering God!” But it did stop me.
God will never say “shut up”. He will never say “stop bothering me with this”.
He will say, “what do you want me to do for you?”
Would these guys have been healed if they weren’t persistent?
In Luke 18 Jesus gives us a parable.
“18 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”’
We should not let anyone or anything silence our prayers. We will Pray, keep on praying for healing and for salvation for our friends and family and for protection and for provision and for guidance.
I will not be shut up.
Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me……