And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about it.” But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.
It is hard for me read about these blind men and not think about that time in my early twenties when my first wife Ellen was blind for three years. Those were difficult days. Ellen was depressed much of the time and our life had some really difficult moments. So when I think of these two I think of men who were desperate. They have heard of Jesus' fame. With impassioned voices they chased Jesus down and begged him for mercy. Can you feel into their desperation? Do you sense the guarded optimism in their voices?
Jesus has an interesting response to them. He does not ask if they believe that he is the Messiah. He asks them if they believe in his ability to heal their blindness.. "their" blindness. Jesus then responds saying that he would answer according to "their" faith. Do you catch the significance of how Jesus makes it personal? I do not think that he is laying down a health and wealth theological formula for healing but simply accentuating the way that we should come to God in faith believing that he is able to answer our prayers.
Lord I believe in you. Help me to believe that you are able to answer the prayers I pray.