The leper who requested healing from Jesus Christ in Mark 1:40-45 framed his request in the will of God. On his knees, he begged for the touch of Christ with the words, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”
The will of God must frame the people of God as they seek the help of God. Prayer isn’t simply a shopping list of requests poured out rapid fire before our Father in heaven. John in his helpful letter bolstering assurance declares, “This is the confidence we have in approachin God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what asked of him.” (1 John 5:14)
Determining the will of God is the challenge, isn’t it? That’s why we must read, reflect upon and obey the Scriptures–God’s revealed will. The hymnwriter nailed it with the question, “What more can He can than to you He hath said…?” in his composition, “How Firm A Foundation Ye Saints of the Lord is Laid for Your Faith in His Excellent Word!”
The man on his knees in Mark 1:40 knew very little, I would assume, of the will of God. Excluded from the community, as required by Levitical law, this man had kept people at a distance with the words, “Unclean, unclean.” What courage and faith he showed as he came to Jesus! Somehow he had heard of Jesus Christ and God’s power to heal through Him. Somehow he rejected the protocol of distance and knelt before the Master.
How did Jesus respond to such a request? “Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said, “Be clean!”
What does true faith discover, if not the will of God? May God help those of us who claim to be the people of God to frame our requests in the will of God as we seek Divine help. For what are you on your knees before Jesus Christ today?