Lord Jesus, I accept what you teach here, that sickness may not be the result of sin but something that your Father allows for his purposes, that his works might be displayed in us. Many of your disciples today think just as your disciples did in your day, that sin must be traced to some sin in the life of the one who is sick. Please help us to have a more mature understanding of how illness may be used by your Father to further his purposes. I worship you this day as the light of the world. You did the works of the one who sent you as long as it was day, as long as you were able. But you also said that we too must do the works of the one who sent you until the night comes when no one can work. With your help, I pray that ______________________ and I will do the works of your Father as long as we are able. I pray that we may be godly people who do your will so that the Father may listen to us when we pray. Lord, we are struck by the increasing revelation of yourself you gave to this blind man just because he clung to the truth that he knew. He first thought of you as a man, then as a prophet, then as a man who came from God, and finally worshiped you as the Son of Man and his Lord. I pray that we will hold fast to the truth that we know, the truth about who you are and what you have done in our lives, and I ask that you reveal more of yourself to us as you did to this man. Lord, you tell us here that you came into this world so that the blind might see and so that those who see might become blind. I pray that you will open the eyes of our hearts to see our own sin and our need for you, that we may say with the blind man, "One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see." You tell us here that those who claim that they see but are spiritually blind have their sin and their guilt remaining on them. I pray for my friends and extended family members who think they see when in reality they are blind. May your light shine into their darkened hearts so that they might see the light of the glory of God in your face. This I ask in your name, amen.