“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Jesus knew that the blind man wanted to receive his sight. Yet he asked what the blind man wanted him to do for him. The reply was an expression of his faith in what Christ can do for him. The question is the prelude to a great change. The man received his sight and followed Jesus. He became a new man.
Genesis 32:26 The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered.
Jacob wrestled with God for an entire night. Some Bible scholars say that it was an angel who Jacob thought was God. The most important thing of this event is not the wrestling, but the determination of Jacob to receive God’s blessing.
God knew the name of Jacob but he chose to ask his name anyway. As in the case of the blind man, the question was the prelude to what a great thing God was about to do for Jacob. After he replied that his name is Jacob, God put away the old with the new. From this time Jacob became a new man; but it was not till after a severe struggle that he got his name, his heart, and his character changed. After this he was no more Jacob the supplanter, but Israel - the man who prevails with God, and sees him face to face.
We may learn from this that the redemption of the soul will be the blessed consequence of wrestling by prayer and supplication with God.