While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.”And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him. And he charged him to tell no one, but “go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.
Two things are seen here. One he was willing to touch the unclean, two he took time to get away and pray. Will: Jesus emulates the Father in His willingness that His creation be well. 2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slack concerning [His] promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. It states here … not willing that any should perish…He follows the will of the Father. Prayer: Time to get away and spend time with the Lord, letting your requests be known, receiving his power, allowing your focus to shift from inward, full of self , to outward, aware of others and the work of the Lord.
The questions then would be: are we willing to touch the unclean for Christ? Do we spend time in prayer allowing our focus to turn outward? Can we see the need for Christ and His healing? Are we willing to follow His will? Do we lift the world around us up to him in prayer? Do we ask what can we do? The leper sought Christ and asked. He received. In our sins we too are unclean. When we come to Him and ask; we are made clean. We receive. Then the leper was given a task to do. Responsibility followed the gift of healing. We too receive the healing and then the responsibility to share what we receive follows the gift. Are we found faithful?