Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. Luke 5:13 (NIV)
I am glad that you are willing to heal me. I am glad that you are willing to cleanse me. I am glad that you are willing to revive, refresh and restore me. I am glad that you are for me. You hear and answer my prayers. You have richly blessed my life. My prayers do not fall on deaf ears. I can make known to you what I want and need. You are always willing to help me. Yes, I am.
Is there a lesson here for you to learn? What is that? You tell me. I’m not sure what you mean. Since I am willing to help you with whatever you need, what must you do? I get it. I understand. Since you are willing to help me with what I need, I must learn to ask you for what I need. Why is that? Do I not know what you need? Must you tell me what you need for me to know what you need? Am I not observant? Can I not hear? Can I not see? Am I not listening? Am I not watching? Do I not know your thoughts even before you think them? Can I not see what you need even when you cannot? You know what I want and need even before I do. You hear everything. You see everything. Nothing escapes your notice. That’s right.
Why must you learn to ask me for what I need? You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. My biggest need is to come to know you. My biggest need is to come to rely on you. My biggest need is to live and walk with you everyday throughout my entire life. That’s right. You want me to live in a constant dialogue of prayer with you. You want to speak to me. You want me to hear from you. You want to guard and guide my life. You want me to follow and serve you. You want me to go where you guide me. You want me to do what you ask of me. You want to work in and through my life. I can have none of these things unless I learn to come to you in prayer. The doorway to all you want to give me is me coming to ask you for what I need. That is right. That is true. That is good. Will you come to ask me for all that you need? Yes, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you that I am never unclean and unpresentable to you. In fact, you are the only one that can cleanse my life. You are the one who reached out to touch and heal me. Now, I want to go and tell others about your kindness, mercy and love. Amen
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