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Summary: Psalm 61: I - 2 says, "Hear my cry, O God: attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I."


Dr. D. K. Olukoya

Beloved, before we go into the message, let us start by uttering a miracle cry. Pray aggressively like this: "Oh Lord, convert my disappointment into miracle, in the name of Jesus."

We will start by looking at some verses on miracle cry in the Bible. Psalm 56:9 says, "When I cry unto thee, then shall my enemies turn back. This I know, for God is for me."

Psalm 61: I - 2 says, "Hear my cry, O God: attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I."

Psalm 107:26-27 says, "They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end." (That is, they have done everything they can, doctors have done their best and everybody has said, "Finish, this is the limit which we can help you," then what did they do.)

Verses 28-31 say, "Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so He bringeth them unto their desired haven. Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works to the children of men!"

You can say well, these are Bible theories, but there was a man who practicalised it. Mark 10:46 says, "And they came to Jericho: and as He went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus thou son of David, have mercy on me." That was his cry.

Jesus was going out of Jericho on His last journey to Jerusalem and blind Bartimaeus was sitting there begging. When he heard that it was Jesus, he cried out, "Jesus thou son of David, have mercy on me."

Verse 48 says, "And many charged him that he should hold his peace. (Shut up, die in your blindness) but he cried the more a great deal, (Meaning that he increased the volume) Thou son of David, have mercy on me." So he was asked to keep quiet, but he refused to be silent.

In verse 49, the cry did something to Jesus, "And Jesus stood still, (He could not go further because it is not possible for the Lord to neglect a deep cry) and commanded him to be called. And they called the blind man (the same people who said shut up) saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise He calleth thee."

Verse 50: "And he casting away his garment, rose and came to Jesus."

When he was told to keep quiet, he refused and Jesus sent for him. He cast away his garment that was disturbing him, so that his movement would be fast.

Verse 51 says, "And Jesus answered and said unto him, What will thou that I should do unto thee? (a very interesting question, just as He is asking you as you are reading this message now.) The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight." Why did Jesus ask him that kind of question? Jesus asked him that question because his first prayer point was mercy, and as far as the Bible is concerned, there are different kinds of mercy in it. So, Jesus wanted him to identify the one he wanted.

There was a crusade somewhere and the Lord was doing quite a lot of wonders there. But everyday, there was this blind man by the door, begging alms. One day, a brother after coming from evangelism was annoyed and said to him, "Mr. man, there is miracle happening there and you are sitting down here, begging. In holy anger, the brother laid hands on him and said, "Receive your sight, in the name of Jesus," his eyes opened and he could see. People who saw it, jumped up and were rejoicing. But to their amazement, the man who was formerly blind was crying. He said, "Do you see what you have done now, where will I get the kind of money I was making here, did I beg you to pray."

So it was important for Jesus to ask blind Bartimaeus what he wanted. And Jesus used to ask this kind of question a lot. Look at the man he found by the pool of Bethesda, He looked at the man and asked him, "Wilt thou be made whole?" May be all that blind man wanted was ten kobo. The man was busy telling stories: "There is nobody to put me inside the water, etc," instead of the man saying what he wanted. Jesus asked many questions in the Bible. I counsel you to find time and study them. It is a very good Bible study.

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