A leper came to Jesus and pleaded on his knees: “If You want to” he said “You can cure me.”
– Mark 1:40
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.
My Lord and my God,
if You want to, You can cure me,
yet not my will but Yours be done.
Lord Jesus, I trust in You!