“As Jesus passed on from there [the house of the Ruler and daughter Jesus healed], two blind men followed Him, shouting loudly, Have pity and mercy on us, Son of David! When He reached the house and went in, 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 and trust and reliance be it done to you;” Matthew 9:27-29 ->me: The main thing that stood out to me this morning in this passage was that it appears that the blind men had been following Jesus for some time before He addressed them. They had shouted out at Him, likely the whole walk back to the house in Capernaum. In Matthew 15:23 there is a similar situation where it appears that Jesus did not react to the first cries of the person seeking His help and healing power. However, after persistence, in both occasions, Jesus tenderly addresses these troubled and desperate people. Just as with Saturday’s quiet time, faith is shown to be a practical and persistent confidence in the power of Jesus. There are people in my life right now who are suffering from illness or cancer and we are crying out together, following Jesus down the street, asking Him for His intervention. God’s purposes are perfect and His will is true to what is best for us. My first prayer for these dear loved ones is that God’s will is done, but that suffering is limited to only what is necessary for God’s plan to be executed. Jesus, please have mercy on these beloved loved ones. Hear my cries as I, and they, follow you; I have faith that you can heal all disease and cancers…most of all I am thankful for the ultimate healing you have already accomplished on the cross for our sin. Hear my petitions for mercy and healing today!