I find the story of Blind Bartimaeus
(Mark 10, Luke 18) ideal for teaching children about how we should
After telling the story, I write out the first four letters of the
Beggar's name ( B.A.R.T.) on a card, and talk about each one in
B. Stands for Bold and Persistent. Bartimaeus refused to listen to
the crowd who tried to put him off, but just kept on calling out
until Jesus heard and answered him. If we want something badly from
God, we should come boldly before Him, knowing that He loves us and
wants to bless us. We should keep on asking until we get an answer,
and refuse to listen to those who may try to discourage us.
A. Stands for Ask and be exact. Bartimaeus knew exactly what he
wanted Jesus to do for him. He simply said "I want to
see." And that is exactly what he got. Don't pray 'General'
prayers like "God bless my family," but rather make up
your mind exactly what you want God to do for you, and ask for that.
R. Stands for Remember to Believe. Believing is the only way we can
receive from God. Even while he was still blind, Bartimaeus really
believed he would be healed, and proved it by throwing off his coat.
(This would have almost certainly have been a special Beggars coat -
given to him by the Authorities, thus showing he was legally allowed
to beg.) If Bartimaeus had remained blind, it is extremely unlikely
he would have found his coat again. However, he was so convinced
Jesus would heal him, he basically threw away his only source of
income! Jesus saw Bartimaeus' faith and said, "Then see, your
faith has healed you."
T. Stands for Thanksgiving. After the miracle, Bartimaeus followed
after Jesus praising God. We already have many things we can thank
God for. Perhaps you can think of some of them right now, and thank
Him for them?