12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy.When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.
14 Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”
15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
Leprosy was a feared disease, there was no known cure some forms of it were highly contagious and can be compared to the emotional impact and terror associated with AIDS of today. The priests were monitoring the disease, banishing lepers who were contagious and could spread it. Because leprosy damages nerves some would unknowingly damage their fingers, toes or noses.This man had an advanced case of it. Still he believed that Jesus could heal every trace of the disease and Jesus did that, in order to restore him with the power of His touch. People flocked to hear Jesus preached have their diseases healed, but Jesus also needed to go to a quiet place to pray.
Has Jesus restored your life to a joyful one, if so how have you seen this happen?
Jesus knows you inside and out but do you believe that Jesus can hear the prayers you say and don’t say and why?
Do you find yourself yearning for deeper connection to Jesus and how would you begin to pray for that?
*Commentary Reference :Life Application Study Bible NIV