Leviticus 16-18; Mark 1

Mark 1:40 “A leper came to him [and kneeling down] begged him and said ‘If you wish, you can make me clean.”  Two things about this brief verse strike me.  The first is the aside “and kneeling down”; the second is “If you wish”.  The leper with these two points creates the perfect model for petitioning prayer.  Being on our knees of course is the appropriate posture to approach the King of the Universe – spiritually at least if we have issues doing it physically. “If you wish” recognizes the primacy of the will of the King.  The leper here prefigures Jesus in Gethsemane, petitioning the Father yet declaring “Thy will be done”.  God is not the great ATM in the Sky, and approaching Him in humility prepares one’s heart for any answer, whether it be “Yes”, “No”, or “Have patience, I have something better in store for you.”

GOD’S ANSWER: I always listen, and I always answer.  You may not like the answer at the time, but trust Me, I have your best interests in mind.

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