A leper came to Jesus
and pleaded on his knees:
“If You want to” he said “You can cure me.”
– Mark 1:40 (TJB)
This leper’s plea is the perfect example
of how, as true believers, we should pray to God.
On our knees we implore,
“Lord, ‘if You want to, You can cure me.’”
Rather than a straightforward request, “Please cure me…”,
we subject ourselves to God’s will
and, full of faith and hope,
we must trust fully in Him
and be ready to accept
that He may not cure us,
if for whatever divine reason, it is not His will.
God does not always respond to our desires,
and He frequently allows circumstances we wish He would not.
Our requests will not always coincide with His purpose
nor, therefore, with His response.
Jesus, as always, gave us the perfect example
when, in the Garden of Gethsemane, He prayed in anguish:
"Father, if You are willing,
take this cup from me;
yet not my will but Yours be done." (Lk 22:42)
On that occasion,
Jesus still had to endure the Cross;
but on the third day He rose victorious
…and we were saved!
Why God permits that one is healed and another not,
only He, in His wisdom, knows,
but if we believe in Him and Trust in Him and in His purpose,
then we must cling to His goodness
and follow the example of His Son.
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
Lord, I trust in You – Your will be done.