"As Jesus was approaching Jericho, a blind man
was sitting by the road begging. Now hearing a crowd going by, he began
to inquire what this was. They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was
passing by. And he called out, saying, 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy
on me!' Those who led the way were sternly telling him to be quiet; but
he kept crying out all the more, 'Son of David, have mercy on me!' And
Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him; and when he came
near, He questioned him, 'What do you want Me to do for you?' And he
said, 'Lord, I want to regain my sight!' And Jesus said to him, 'Receive
your sight; your faith has made you well.' Immediately he regained his
sight and began following Him, glorifying God; and when all the people
saw it, they gave praise to God." (Luke 18:35-43 NASB95) 
The blind man heard that Jesus was passing by. He then started shouting out for help. The leaders started telling him to be quiet and not bother Jesus. What would have happened if he had stopped crying out? Jesus may have seen him and gone to restore his sight but Jesus would probably go on without doing anything for this man.
Today there may be a lot of different voices telling you different things. You might hear some people say that miracles don't happen today so there is no need to bother Jesus. You might hear people say or might start thinking that you are too bad for Jesus to answer your prayers. Some even say that there is no God and Jesus never did exist.
Are you listening to any of these voices? Jesus Christ is real. He is seated at the right hand of God the Father but He is as close as the mention of His name. Miracles did not disappear when the apostles died. Miracles still happen. It does seem that they happen more in areas of the world that don't know who Jesus really is. This is probably so that His power can be shown there and that people will turn to Him rather than to evil spirits.
So whose voice are you going to listen to? Are you going to listen to the different voices of the world and even of some preachers or teachers or are you going to listen to Jesus Christ when He asks, "What do you want from me?" Tell Him. Be persistent. Don't listen to any other voice than Jesus' voice.
By Dean W. Masters
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