“There was a leper who came to Him and knelt before Him, saying, ‘Lord, if by choice, You can make me clean.’ He stretched out His hand and touched Him, saying,’ I do choose. Be made clean!’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed” (Matthew 8:2-3)
An incredible thing occurs when we humble ourselves and cry out to God: He hears us!
When we approach God with a swagger and a strut, He will send us away and refuse to help. But when we accept that we are nothing – and can do nothing apart from God – and then ask Him to cleanse us from our unrighteousness, He will do it. (1 John 1:9)
That is part of the miracle of salvation. Even after all of our sin, made worse by our haughtiness and our unrepentant spirit, the grace of God is available to everyone.
The leper approached Jesus in absolute humility. He didn’t demand to be healed, or “make a bargain” with Jesus, saying, “Lord, if You help me out of this, I’ll do this for You and that for You.”
No, he just said, “Lord, if You choose, You can make me clean.” The humble spirit makes all of the difference.
Jesus makes His authority clear and His compassion unmistakable as He lifts His hands and exclaims, “I do choose. Be made clean!” And immediately the man’s illness disappears.
Miraculous physical healings may not occur too frequently in our day and age; but friend, Jesus is still very much in the business of healing.
All we have to do is humble ourselves and ask.
We must express our need of God to God before He will heal us.
Are you struggling with addiction, depression, resentment, or guilt? Allow the love of God to wash over you and cleanse your soul. Simply humble yourself and ask for healing, and you will receive it.
God will grant you the power to overcome anything.