If You Are Willing

February 7, 2012 § 1 Comment

A man with leprosy begged Jesus on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean” (Mark 1:40-45).  I always look at the approach of this man as a model prayer.  On my knees, begging, and subjecting myself to His will.  His posture indicates the appropriate position in the face of God.  We live by His mercy and grace.  We are dependent on His gift of life.  Always.  But the response of Jesus is even more telling in the light of what we would have liked the response to be.  Many people would consider prayer not successful if they did not get exactly what they asked for.  They seem to forget that we always pray “if you are willing.”  And Jesus did not respond with a “I am ALWAYS willing.”  In this case, he was willing, but it does not mean it is always in His will to give us what we ask for.  When we pray, “If you are willing”, we should also be prepared to accept and trust His will if it turns out to be different than what we want.  Is there anything in your life that is difficult to pray for with the words “If you are willing”, because you really want to demand rather than subjecting yourself to His will?

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