Quoted from Mark 10:46-52 (ESV).
What would you answer if God asked you this question? Bartimeus had the opportunity and requested that his sight be restored. Jesus asks us the same question today but there is more to it than you may think.
Bartimeus was blind and begged for his livelihood. He heard that Jesus could heal and longed to find the Master. His chance came when the very person was passing along the way on which he begged. He cried out the first time and was told to be silent but only shouted louder. Jesus stopped, called for him and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” Bartimeus asked for his sight to be restored and it was. Jesus then told him to go his way but Bartimeus followed close by.
To begin with, we should realize that if this man couldn’t see, he had to be led by someone, so it would have to be obvious to everyone that he was blind. Nevertheless, Jesus insisted on asking him the question, so there was definitely more behind it.
This question was not to inquire about his physical condition but rather his spiritual status. When Bartimeus requested that his eyes be open, Jesus looked into his heart saw his faith and saw how he would be changed from the inside because of this miracle. Sure enough when his vision returned he was changed from within and followed Jesus.
In the same way when we ask God for something, he always looks into our hearts and sees our motives and what will be the result of him granting us our request. If we always take this into consideration when we pray, we will have success in our prayer life. We just have to be honest with ourselves and say: Why exactly am I asking God for this, what’s at the root of it. How will it affect my relationship with Him?
When our motives are okay then it strengthens our faith, we know that God won’t say no to us and we shall receive whatever we petition.