“When Jesus had
come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And
behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Lord, if You are willing,
You can make me clean.’ Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him,
saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”
One day Jesus was
returning from a time of prayer. A man who had leprosy approached
In Jesus’ day, leprosy was one of the most horrifying, incurable
diseases. People who had leprosy were not allowed to come out in
public. They were forced by law to live in leper colonies.
Lepers were shunned, rejected and sadly separated from non-leprous family
This leprous man
approached Jesus with a prayer request. Jesus did not hesitate for a
moment to allow the man to come near to Him.
The man was unsure of
Jesus’ willingness to heal him and said, “Lord, if You are willing You
can make me clean.”
responded, “I am willing.”
Putting out His hand, Jesus
actually touched this leprous, unclean man. This was no doubt the
first loving, human touch felt by this suffering human being in many long
Jesus fears no disease and reaches out to touch all people.
Jesus’ response of
“I am willing …” is one of the greatest revelations in the entire
I have read the New
Testament many times so I know what I’m talking about by making the
This is the only time in all
of the Bible when someone prayed for healing and said, “If You are
Today He might say something like,
“Don’t pray, ‘Heal me if it’s Your will.’ It’s always My will to heal
you when sickness attacks you. Whenever the Bible reveals that
something is My will, you should never speak as if it is not.”
The Bible is clear.
Jesus bore our sins on Calvary’s Cross. (2Corinthians ) At that time He also bore the
penalties for our sins -- sickness, poverty and eternal separation from
God. (Galatians 3:13,14; Romans 6:23)
For a more complete
listing of all the curses Jesus bore on our behalf, you can go to the
Bible. Read Deuteronomy chapter 28, verses 1-14, and you will
discover all the advantages of obedience. Verses 15-68 reveal all the
disadvantages of disobedience.
So from now on,
when you need healing, don’t pray, “If it is Your will please heal
me.” Jesus said that’s the wrong way to pray, at least when it comes
Pray instead, “Father, in Jesus’ Name, I ask forgiveness
for my sins. Please give me wisdom and show
me where I may have opened the door to physical sickness in my life.
I’ll fix it so You can heal me. I know this is Your will. The
Bible makes that perfectly clear.”