Do we fully comprehend Jesus’ heart for us? If we did, maybe it would change the way we prayed. Prayer, at its most basic form, is asking. What are you asking for from Jesus?
In Matthew 8, Mark 1 & Luke 5, Jesus heals a man with leprosy. What a beautiful story of Jesus’ power and compassion.
When he saw Jesus, the man fell before him, and with his face to the ground, begged him on his knees, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
With his face to the ground… can you feel his humiliation, brokenness and desperation? How does Jesus respond?
Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said, “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.
Jesus was filled with compassion. He did the unthinkable. He touched the man. How many years had it been since anyone touched his disease-ridden body? Who would dare to do that? No one! But Jesus did! And then we read some of the most beautiful words in all of scripture. “I am willing.” Three simple words. But WOW, they tell us volumes about our Savior!
When I come to Jesus with my own humiliation, brokenness and desperation- often caused by sin- how does Jesus respond to me?
“I am willing!”
I am willing to walk with you through this.
I am willing to forgive you for this.
I am willing to heal you of this.
I am willing to restore you from this.
“I AM WILLING!”
That is Jesus’ heart for me. That is Jesus’ heart for you. Thank you, Jesus, for your extravagant grace.
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