The Proper Attitude For Prayer
And when it came about that while He was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man full of leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and implored Him saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out His hand, and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately the leprosy left him. And Jesus ordered him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, just as Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.” But the news about Him was spreading even further, and great multitudes were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses.
I would like to discus the heart attitude of the leper. Now when the leper met Jesus he fell on his face and poured out his heart to Him saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him saying, “I am willing, be cleansed.” This man had a very real and deadly disease and when he met Jesus he was not shy or reserved in his request for healing and neither did he doubt that Jesus was able to heal him. His request, “Lord if you are willing, You can make me clean” is a beautiful prayer to our Lord. He was not demanding that Jesus heal him and at the same time he’s not implying that Jesus should have no real desire to heal him. He is humbly pouring himself out to Jesus with his very real request.
I think that we need to take a moment and remember that Jesus is a person. He is the same now as He was then. So often I think that our prayers to Him are not real. I mean, we don’t treat Him as if He is really listening to us. Because of this we remain very reserved in how we pray to Him and rather than lying prostrate on the floor before Him with our requests, we mumble a few words which we don’t truly believe he will answer anyway, and if we have any belief it is usually that He wouldn’t want to answer us anyway.
Our God loves us! We must approach Him with this attitude if we are to have victory in our prayer life. This does not mean that He will say yes to everything we ask of Him, but we will always receive an answer as to why He says no to some things. It is a real relationship that we have with Him, remember that! He loves us dearly and sent His Son, who came willingly, to die for us because of His love for us! Jesus purchased this relationship for us!
Therefore, let us not be backward in our prayers, mumbling and disheartened, but rather let us be bold and enjoy the privileges and blessings of the relationship that Jesus gave to us!
May God bless and encourage each of you this day in all these things!