It’s alright to cry to Jesus “Pass me not” if you’ve ever felt like your pleas are falling on deaf ears. In moments of desperation, it’s normal to wonder if anyone truly hears your cries.

Today, we delve into the theme of seeking God’s mercy, and the story of blind Bartimaeus in Mark 10:47-48 which is a powerful reminder that God doesn’t “pass us by” when we call out to Him in faith.

Key Takeaway to “Pass Me Not”

  • Pass Me Not: The plea for God’s mercy is a heartfelt cry that God hears and responds to our cries when we reach out to him with persistent faith.

Anchor Bible Verse of the Day

Here, Jesus and Bartimaeus, a blind beggar by the roadside had an encounter. Despite the crowd’s attempts to silence him, Bartimaeus persistently cried out – recognizing Jesus as the Messiah.

Bartimaeus understood his limitations and knew he couldn’t help himself. He placed his complete trust in Jesus, the only one who could restore his sight (healing). His persistent cry wasn’t just about his physical blindness; it was a plea for help, mercy, and a fresh start.

Key Explanations

  • Son of David: A Messianic title referring to Jesus as the promised descendant of King David.
  • Have mercy on me: A heartfelt plea A plea for compassion and intervention from Jesus.

Reflection on “Pass Me Not”

Bartimaeus’ story isn’t just about physical healing; it’s a profound lesson about not allowing anyone or anything to silence our cries for God’s help. We can learn from him:

  • Persistence matters: Even when others tell us to be quiet, we can persevere in faith, knowing God hears our prayers.
  • Faith over fear: Despite the discouraging voices around him, Bartimaeus’ faith in Jesus remained unwavering.
  • Knowing our limitations: We must acknowledge our need for God’s intervention in our lives.

In Matthew 7:7-8, we read:

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened,”

See, God desires an open dialogue with us. He doesn’t “pass us by” when we reach out to Him with genuine faith and a sincere heart.

Pass Me Not (Mark 10:47-48)
Pass Me Not
(Mark 10:47-48)

Pass me not by can also represent our responsibility towards others in need. When we see someone struggling, do we “pass them by” or offer a helping hand?

Let’s emulate Jesus’ compassion, actively seeking opportunities to be instruments of God’s love and grace in the lives of others.

As we meditate on seeking God’s mercy, let us examine our hearts and boldly approach the throne of grace with confidence.

May we cultivate a spirit of humility and persistence in our prayers, and trust in God’s unfailing love and compassion to sustain us through life’s challenges.


Call to Action

Today, let us commit to approaching God with humility and persistence, trusting in His abundant mercy to meet us in our time of need. May we never cease to cry out to Him for His grace and guidance in every aspect of our lives.

Prayer Points for Today

  • Boldness in Prayer: Pray for the courage to approach God with boldness and humility, trusting in His mercy and grace.
  • Persistence in Faith: Ask God to strengthen your faith and perseverance in seeking His mercy and guidance.
  • Receptivity to God’s Will: Pray for a heart that is open to God’s leading and receptive to His answers to your prayers.

Let’s Pray

Our Father, we come before you with humble hearts, seeking Your mercy and grace in our lives. Grant us the courage to seek Your face and trust in Your unfailing love persistently.

In the precious and mighty name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

My prayer for you today: I pray that you experience the power of God’s mercy in your life, finding strength and comfort in His unending grace.