Trusting, asking, seeing

Is there something you are praying for right now? A healing? A promotion? A big break?

Today, the Gospel tells us how a leper was made clean by Jesus:

A leper came to him [and kneeling down] begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.” The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean. — Mark 1:42-45

Whenever we pray for something, we often ask God first to grant us what we desire. But, the leper’s prayer was different. Instead of asking first, the leper surrendered to God’s will by saying, “If you wish…”

Before we ask, let us surrender first to God’s will. Let us trust in His will. After all, His ways are higher than our ways. Like the Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father, seeking His will above our will puts our prayers and priorities in order. (Notice the order of the Lord’s prayer and the Ten Commandments. It’s always His will before ours.)

Then, we ask. Let us not be afraid to cry out to God our heart’s desire and ask Him for it.

By trusting and asking, we will see that God is merciful. Jesus is merciful. We will see that heaven and earth are under His control, power, and dominion. All the powers in heaven and on earth belong to Him. 

Like how the leper was healed immediately, He can answer our prayers in an instant — if He wills it.

What are you praying for? Trust, ask, and see that the Lord is merciful.