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In Mark 1:40, a leper comes to Jesus wanting to be “clean” or healed of his leprosy.

Isn’t it easy to barge into the throne room; burdens packed tightly under our arms, worry stacked evenly upon our shoulders, pencil behind our ear, wants and needs scribbled on long receipt tape clenched in our hands?  We boldly go before God with our lists, asking for this and that, spending precious time face to face with our Creator but filling it like a reporter; with idle chatter, empty questions and check marks in each box.

We can learn from the leper.  He doesn’t just ask Jesus to heal him…

“And a leper came to Jesus, beseeching Him and falling on his knees before Him, and saying, ‘If You are willing, You can make me clean.'”   Mark 1:40

He desperately wants to be healed (of course he would, leprosy is a terrible disease!) but it’s how he approaches Jesus while burdened with this agonizing and lonely disease.  He approaches Jesus and says one important phrase…

“If You are willing,”

The leper knows full well that Jesus can do anything.  That Jesus absolutely could heal him but he also knows that he will be healed ONLY if it is part of Jesus’ plan.  If it aligns with His will.

When we approach God in prayer, we must come before Him not only with our list; for God wants to know what burdens us,

“casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”   1 Peter 5:7

but first with a humble heart willing to accept whatever His answer may be.

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,”   1 Peter 5:6

Lord, thank you for your goodness and control of my life.  Please help me be open with you, offering my cares and burdens knowing that you love me and want to know my heart, but also remind me that whatever You allow in my life is best for me.  All things happen for Your glory.

Romans 8:28

Have you ever questioned God’s plan for your life?  That, like Moses, perhaps He’s got the wrong guy?

“But he said, ‘Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.'”   Exodus 4:13

That He should use someone who is smarter, speaks more eloquently, is more qualified, more prepared, has more money…

God’s Word tells us that He does not make mistakes.

Ever.

He knew your every moment even before He formed you in the womb.
“My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”   Psalm 139:15-16
He chose you and takes great joy in you.
“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”   Zephaniah 3:17
He chose you for a specific purpose.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”   Jeremiah 29:11

He will see you through.

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”   Philippians 1:6

Breath of Heaven was written as “Mary’s song” but it applies to all of us who have doubts that we can live up to God’s plan for our lives…

Breath of Heaven – Amy Grant

I am waiting in a silent prayer.
I am frightened by the load I bear.
In a world as cold as stone,
Must I walk this path alone?
Be with me now.
Be with me now.

Breath of Heaven, hold me together
Be forever near me, breath of Heaven
Breath of Heaven, lighten my darkness
Pour over me Your holiness for You are holy
Breath of Heaven

Do you wonder as you watch my face
If a wiser one should have had my place?
But I offer all I am
For the mercy of Your plan
Help me be strong, help me be
Help me

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