A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. 'If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,' he said.
We ask people for favors all the time.
“If you don’t mind, can you hand me a pencil?”
“Can you do me a favor, and send me that email?”
“If it wouldn’t be too much trouble, can you give me a ride home?”
The words, “Can you…” seem to be pretty common in our vocabulary. We’ll often ask for others to step in and help us out. But this fella that came to Jesus didn’t come with that phrasing. It wasn’t a “Can you ... ” that he brought before Jesus. Actually, it wasn’t even a question at all.
“If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,” he said.
There’s a lot of faith in this guy’s statement. He knows Jesus can do this. He knows Jesus has the power. He believes Jesus is the only person who can change his life from unclean to clean. No doubt. No uncertainty. No reluctance.
Do you have that kind of faith? If you’re struggling with sin or becoming clean from the inside out, you must believe He is who He says He is, and He can do what He says He can do.
If Jesus were sitting in front of you right now, how would you phrase your request? Would it sound like this leper’s request or would you falter and waiver in your belief?
Are you struggling with belief in general? I’m more than willing to sit down with you and chat about that. Shoot me an email and we can talk.