“Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Luke 5:12
He had most likely tried everything else and failed. He was deteriorating due to a horrendous disease, which attacked the flesh causing significant tissue loss, coupled with shortened or deformed fingers and toes. He must have had multiple skin lesions all over his body and face, and could have suffered a loss of his eyebrows, deformed nostrils, and thickened ear lobes.
He was an outcast, and most likely homeless and without friends or families. But he saw Jesus! He knew that Jesus had the power to heal him. Jesus had healed many others, raised the dead, and set many free from demonic possession. He knew he could set him free of this disease and allow him to live again. Just imagine the thoughts that were flying through his head. He would be able to reunite with family, friends and even perhaps return to his trade or profession. Jesus just needed to heal him. Should he demand to be healed? Should he expect it? He understood something we must all keep in mind. It wasn’t his will but the will of Christ that would determine the outcome.
Often we beat ourselves up when we don’t get what we want immediately. We figure we just need more faith. If I could ask with more faith, God has to give me all that I want. Is that true, could faith and prayer be that simple? Paul was the greatest evangelist the world had ever seen. A great man of faith, who saw a countless number of his prayers answered; but never saw the thorn in his flesh removed. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10) God just wasn’t doing it! Jesus in teaching the “Our Father” tells his disciples to ask of God “your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-13) We cannot twist the arm of God so that suddenly his bag of goodies is opened and poured out on us. Although, we must ask and expect to receive in faith, we want God to do his will.
It is an awesome display of faith to desire God’s will in our lives. Often we do not know what God wants to do, but we must know that it is best for us. The leper ask “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” The response from Jesus “I am willing, Be clean!” (Luke 5:12, 13) He was healed immediately. It was the will of Christ.
Continue to ask in faith all the desires of your heart, but do not forget to ask God to perform his will in your life. He truly desires to bless you with good gifts, but there are times that what we want is not the best. What God wants will be even better!