Most of you know petition prayers. We have a list of requests that we impose on Christ for Him to do for us. As did Mary, at the Wedding Feast of Cana, she petitioned Jesus to do something about the lack of wine; so too we ask Jesus to do something for us when we have a need.
In fact, we describe to Jesus exactly what He should do by giving Him the most obvious solution. Yet, is this really prayer?
Of course, we can petition Jesus as Bartimaeus did. Sometimes Jesus will answer our prayers directly, but notice the first prayer of Bartimaeus. It was not to cure his blindness, but to ask for pity — mercy.
He wanted Jesus to understand his plight. But that is exactly what Jesus does:
“Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring, for he himself is beset by weakness and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people” (Heb 5:1 –2).
Jesus comes foremost to offer sacrifice for our sins. He offers Himself as the acceptable sacrifice that takes away sins. So we pray:
Lord Jesus, Son of God have mercy (pity) on me a sinner.
First, we repent and ask to be free from sin. Once we are free from our sins, we thank Him, for we have received this wonderful gift of grace. We recognize He is well pleased with us for accepting his gift.
We adore Him because He adores us in our grace filled lives. He delights in us for we responded to his gift. Then, we petition Him knowing we are His beloved son or daughter, brother or sister. Finally, we ask for forgiveness for our failures and help to use this gift properly.