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“’What do you want me to do for you?’ Jesus asked him. The blind man said, ‘Rabbi, I want to see.’ ‘Go,’ said Jesus, ‘your faith has healed you.’ Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.” (Mark 10:51-52)


“They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him…When He had spit on the man’s eyes and put His hands on him, Jesus asked, ‘Do you see anything?’ He looked up and said, ‘I see people; they look like trees walking around.’” (Mark 8:22-24)


In the same Gospel, with the same author, here are two accounts of blindness healed. One brought immediate healing. The other did not. 


Ever wonder why?


Maybe Jesus was especially tired in the second account. You know, feeding four thousand people and arguing with Pharisees was probably pretty exhausting (Mark 8:1-13).


Yet we learn later in the Word that “His strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). So, exhaustion couldn’t be it.


Maybe Jesus was distracted while in Bethsaida – wasn’t focused properly on the task at hand.


Then again, we remember Jesus’ singular focus was to use all His heart, soul, strength and mind for God (Mark 12:30). No, distraction couldn’t have been the problem.


Could the answers be found within the blind men themselves? Notice that Jesus spoke of the faith of the first man.


Come on. Let’s dig a little deeper.


“And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, and saying, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!’…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, ‘Be it done to you according to your faith.’” (Matthew 9:27-29)


As we ask the Lord to open eyes to see Truth, it’s important to realize that it will be done either according to our faith or according to our doubt


Doubting His power hamstrings His strength. 


The blind man from Bethsaida had just enough faith to enable a blurry healing. Even after being touched by the Maker of the Universe, his sight was just shadows and shapes. Nothing was truly clear. If he had walked away at this point, he would never have been able to see anything clearly. Don’t you know he was glad to have stuck around and faithed a bit more (Mark 8:25)?


Interceding that the Father open spiritual eyes is no different. If we want to see blindness completely healed, then we must continue to look into the Face of the Great Physician. Our faith isn’t in how He opens eyes. Our faith is in Who is able. 


If the Lord has brought you to this post today, it is because there is someone in your life who needs their eyes opened to see Him. It may even be yourself. Will your prayers be answered according to your faith? Or will they be answered according to your doubt? 


Faith is submission to the Who. Not the what, when, where, or how. Don’t look at the looming situation as you pray. Instead, look at your luminous God. 


Praying for eyes to be opened can result in vision that just sees partially (Mark 8:24). But, let’s not stop there in our prayers. Don’t let that be good enough. Let’s pray for perfected perception – that the eyes of the heart may be truly enlightened (Ephesians 1:18). 


After all, that’s what Christ came for (Luke 4:18).