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“While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy.  When he saw Jesus, he fell facedown and begged Him, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”

13Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” He said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.”

+ Luke 5:12-13

If you could ask God to do anything for you, what would it be?  It’s not that God is our “Gennie in the lamp”, but we do sometimes treat Him this way.  As I look back at my own life, I can say that I have asked Him for many foolish things, as if God were my Gennie.  Now that I am more mature I can say that it I am glad God did not give me some of the foolish things I asked for.  We can be glad that God knows better than to answer some of the prayers we pray and doesn’t always give us what we think we want.

This man’s prayer however is deserving of study.  He had a serious problem, a bacterial infection called Mycobacterium leprae.  This infection causes paralysis and eventually blindness, all while skin and appendages like your nose, ears, and fingers inflame and fall off over time.  To add to the mental and physical torment was the social torture as well.  From the very first sign of infection, these people were forced to leave their loved ones and spend the rest of their lives away from their families, either in isolation or in a leper colony.  It was an awful disease.


But again, study the prayer.  To do so is to discover that this man did not specifically ask for ‘healing’, he asked to be ‘made clean’.  That is a religious term.  What he was asking for was access to God!  In those days, not only did you have to stay away from family, but you could not go into the Temple either and sacrifice for sin.  This man was more concerned about the decay and deterioration of his soul, than he was his body.  He was looking for forgiveness more than he was healing.  That’s quite remarkable.  Do people with such desires still exist today??


Let us today study our own prayers and what we ask God for. What is at the heart’s desire of our words?  Are they for wealth, health, and happiness, or is our desire over all things to come to God and be right with Him, having sins forgiven and to be ‘made clean’?  The leper not only had right desires, but he also came to the right Person!  Jesus is the only One through whom sacrifice for all our sins is made and through whom access to God and Heaven is given!  Best yet, HE IS WILLING TO MAKE YOU CLEAN!  


Daily devotion by
Pastor Dan McQuality, 

Grace Lutheran Church, 201 S. College St., Lincoln, IL

10:30 am  Sunday Worship;  9:00 am Bible Study

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