Matthew 20:29-34 (ESV)
29 And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him. 30 And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!" 31 The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!" 32 And stopping, Jesus called them and said, "What do you want me to do for you?" 33 They said to him, "Lord, let our eyes be opened." 34 And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him.
Two blind men desired to see. When they heard Jesus was near they cried out for His mercy because they knew of his miracles. Those following Jesus were more than likely listening to His teaching and when these men interrupted the crowd told them to be silent. Jesus knew the desire of the blind men, but He asked them a direct question, �What do you want me to do for you?� Jesus was testing their faith. They could have asked for money. They could have asked for food, but instead they asked that their eyes might be open to see.
These blind men give us an understanding of prayer. First the men cried out to the Lord that He might have mercy upon them. When they were told to be silent they cried out even more fervently. The answers to prayer become a cherished prize when they are sought earnestly in prayer. Second these men were humble. They cried for mercy even though they were rebuked. They could have cried out for alms or food, but they choose mercy. Third even in their blindness they had faith to believe in the miracles Jesus had performed. They had only heard, but never witnessed what Jesus could do. Still they called upon Jesus, Lord, Son of David to come to their aid. Their trust and faith was in the Lord. Fourth despite hindrances they persisted in crying out to the Lord. They didn�t give up, but desired for the Lord to hear them. Fifth upon gaining their sight they followed Jesus. In addition to their sight they desired a close relationship with Him and were willing to follow where Jesus went. So often we pray for our desires, but then we forget we should have a relationship with our Lord who loves us deeply. Ask the Lord to stand near and dwell on His love for you.