The story in the Scripture today is one that I have read and heard many times, and I always take heed of the way Jesus responded to those who asked for His mercy.
This time it was a blind beggar. He cried out for Jesus to have mercy on him. Jesus asked: "What do you want Me to do for you?" The blind man said: "I want to regain my sight!" (Mark 10:51)
Like this beggar, we are blind - blinded by our ego. We take what we experience in this material world so seriously that we fall prey to the limitations and fail to hold still and explore the inner being and inner peace inside us. It's all very well for us to ask Jesus for His mercy, like the blind mand did. And of course, Jesus will do all He can to help us, but essentially, we have to have that faith for the miracle to work, and that is the most tricky part because most of our problems and weaknesses lie exactly in our lack of faith. So when we pray, not only should we ask for the help, we should also ask for the stengthening of our faith. For, as Jesus has told the blind man, "your faith has made you well" (Mark 10:52).