In Matthew 20:29-34, Jesus is leaving Jericho with a large crowd in tow. Just outside town, two blind men are sitting by the roadside, and when they hear that it’s Jesus who is passing by, they begin crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
They’re told to be quiet, but they cry out all the louder, desperate for the attention of the Healer they will likely never see again if they don’t flag him down.
Jesus hears them, and stops in his tracks.
“What do you want me to do for you?”
“Master, we want you to open our eyes.”
After they answer him, the text says that “Jesus was very moved.” Not when he first saw them, but after they answered his (obvious?) question.
There’s something about the interaction that moves Jesus. Something about the connection and communion it represents. Something about their simple trust in him to be good enough to take the time to heal a couple nobodies on his way to more important things… something about this deeply moves Jesus.
He touches their eyes so they can see again, and they followed him.
I imagine something like this happening every time we turn to God in prayer for our needs. Something is deeply moving to God about the fact that we would invest the time and energy to tell him what we’d like for him to do for us. That we would trust him to be good enough to care and act for our flourishing is deeply moving to God.