It becomes a trench.
1. Assume responsibility for your own life.
Bartimaeus shouted out loud to Jesus- was taking initiative and responsibility to make a dramatic change.
Change your attitude about your situation, or change your situation.
2. Get the right information.
Bartimaeus knew enough about Jesus to call Him Son of David.
When you know Jesus, who He is and what He's done, you've got the right information.
3. Stop worrying about what other people will say.
Bartimaeus shouted all the more.
It is so much better to let God teach you through mistakes, than to remain in your rut, where everybody likes you, but your life is going nowhere.
4. Cast aside extra weight.
Bartimaeus cast aside his garment.
Our baggage: a. excuses for not doing what God wants
b. inability to forgive
c. obsession with material things
5. Clarify what you really need.
Bartimaeus said, “I want to see.”
The power that you gain in your life from faithful, believing prayer is actually all you really need.