1 When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. 2 And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
3 Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
4 And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
When I read this account I am reminded of Jesus’ teaching on asking and seeking and knocking. Suppose this leprous man had stayed home out of fear of rejection. Suppose he had convinced himself that Jesus would not see him or that even Jesus could not help this problem? Suppose the man in need just had not asked for Jesus to help him? It seems, according to his condition, that he would have died from leprosy a premature and miserable death following a miserable life.
It is important to bring this out because even though God is sovereign and knows all things, God seems to wait for us to ask. James wrote that “we have not because we ask not.” God’s desire for us to ask is neither a mean nor a cruel thing to wait for. As parents, we sometimes don’t know what our children need until they ask. God wants us to ask so that he knows we are depending on him and not on ourselves. God wants us to ask so that we will give him the thanks and the praise for the answer.
This man asked Jesus a single question: “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” As we pray for the will of God to be done we are asking the same question. The will of God is superior to our will. As the omnipotent One, God knows what is good for us and what is not good for us. We ask God to work on our behalf according to His will. Jesus answered this man that healing him was according to the will of God. He then healed the man by an instantaneous and complete act.
When God is willing to answer our prayers, we know that He has stepped in to answer them. We are aware that God has moved on our behalf and we rejoice. Let us not hold back on going to the Lord and asking him for the hard things in life. Let us ask according to God’s will even when we don’t know what that will is. As Jesus healed this man according to the will of God, so we will see answers to our prayers according to the will of God. Remember this: we must ask.
Bobbi and Stefani and Andrew are on a college trip to Bob Jones this week. It is that time of life. We are praying for clarity of direction and for God’s provision as they go. Jared and I went to Sunrise together yesterday. Jared likes to go to the “nursing home” his daddy. The people there know and love Jared so it is good when he can go with me.
Tonight is our regular night of Bible study, prayer, Kids4Truth and youth group. The teens are having a pizza party. Pray that their friends will want to come along for the evening to eat and to hear the gospel.
Friday night at 7:00 is our Good Friday service. Join us as we focus on the death of our Lord.
Have a great day in the Lord,