Mark 7:32, “There some people brought to Jesus a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place His hand on him.”
This group of people, likely friends, brought this deaf man who could hardly speak to Jesus. They then begged Jesus to perform a miracle for this man. Jesus ends up healing the man and opens his ears and mouth so he is able to hear and speak. It’s easy to overlook how this all went down. A group of people begged Jesus to perform a miracle in someone else. When was the last time you begged God to work a miracle in someone else’s life? It’s easy for me to plead with God to do something in my life or my immediate family’s life, but as I work through relationships from my home outward, it becomes more difficult. It takes a certain level of humility to intercede on the behalf of another to God. That can be difficult as we live in a culture that’s so self-centered.
Theologian C.S. Lewis states, “Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” That was the heart of this group of people who begged Jesus to heal this man. Certainly they each had their own needs, but they placed the needs of this man ahead of their own. What if we practiced the same humility? Take a moment to think of this. If every prayer you prayed was answered, whose lives would change? Would it be only those in your home? How many lives would change? How far out do you cast your net when praying for others? What if we began to even beg God to work a miracle in our rivals and enemies’ hearts? Let’s challenge ourselves to practice humility not only in our prayer lives but also in our daily lives.
Perhaps the coolest part of this story is after Jesus healed the man, everyone was overwhelmed with amazement. It doesn’t say anyone was filled with jealousy or anger, but instead they were filled with amazement. They were able to rejoice when God did something amazing in another’s life. Let’s pray to have this type of mindset and heart. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to overwhelm us with humility so that we can become more aware of the ways in which God is working in and through others.