Supplication

 

Luke 5:
12 And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus;
and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying,
"Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."
13 Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying,
"I am willing; be cleansed."
Immediately the leprosy left him.   (New King James Bible)

The Lord Jesus was passing through a city when a man with a dreaded skin disease saw Him.
The man didn't just glance, but he looked and recognized Jesus. This tells us that he had definitely seen Jesus before. But this look went beyond recognition.
This man fixed his gaze on Jesus and he looked into Jesus' eyes with faith and hope.
When you and I have a need, you can choose just to glance in Jesus' direction and move on.
Or you can fix the eyes of your heart on Jesus with faith and hope, knowing that He has your answer - like this man did.

Next, verse 12 tells us that this man fell on his face in worship.
When he looked at Jesus, he didn't just see the walking, talking answer to his need.    He saw a Divine Person.
Evidently, when he had seen Jesus before, this man had been captivated by the Person of the Lord Jesus!
So he fell on his face before Jesus.  His body language said without any words,
"I am not worthy to even be in Your wonderful presence.  I understand Who You are!  I know You are my Saviour and Redeemer!  I know that You are God!"

When we have a need, we must recognise that the Lord Jesus is our wonderful Saviour and Redeemer. We cannot be so wrapped up in our problem that we see Jesus only as our Answer. He must be - first and always - our Lord and our God!
There's a hymn written by Helen Lemmel in 1922 that expresses worship this way:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.


After worshipping the Lord Jesus and experiencing the "light of His glory and grace",   the man then made his request:
"Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."
Now, in that age, people with that kind of skin disease were put out of society because their disease was contagious. So they could not live normally among healthy people.
They became outcasts: unloved and rejected. This is why the man was not sure that Jesus would want anything at all to do with him.

What his words really meant was this:
"Jesus,  society has made my family and those I love, put me out.  I am now a reject.  I'm not sure if a Divine Person like You, would want to help a reject like me.
I know for sure that You have the power to cure this terrible disease. Believing You can help me isn't my problem.
What I want to know is: are You WILLING to help someone with my kind of disability."


Prayer:
Heavenly Father,
today I fix my eyes on Jesus, my Saviour and Redeemer.
Lord Jesus, I desire to look fully into Your wonderful face, and see  Your compassion,  Your care,  Your warmth  directed right back at me.
I have always thought of myself as a reject. (Tell Him how you came to feel this way.)
But I come to You today because I believe that You will receive me and accept me and take away
this atmosphere of rejection from around me,
and the sting of the reject from inside me.
Thank You for doing this for me, Lord Jesus.
I receive Your healing love today into my whole being.
Thank You for making me free.
I bow in reverence and worship You with great thanksgiving in my heart.
Amen.

See you tomorrow, God willing,
for the next part of this encouraging story!