Not My Will But Yours Be Done

“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 NASB

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“Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.” Mark 1:41-42 NASB

The leper in our story was a truly amazing person. He had a loathsome disease that kept him away from people and gradually his body became deformed in such a way that he had great difficulty with the normal activities of daily life.

The man clearly was submissive to the Lord in his sad situation and so he did not so much ask for healing as for the Lord’s will to be done in his life. He confessed that the Lord could heal him if He was willing. In one way the leper was saying, “Not my will but yours be done.”

I met a leper while visiting Malawi in 2010. This dear man looked about 80 years of age but was only in his late 40’s. The disease had taken his fingers so that others had to feed him. He existed on the simplest of meals.

We took blankets and grain to him so he could keep warm at night and have someone plant the grain to grow food. For all his limitations he was a joyful Christian who seemed content with his lot in life. He thanked us again and again for our gifts to him.

When he prayed heaven seemed to open as he poured out his heart in thanksgiving for the Lord’s mercies and for us as his new friends who showed kindness to him. He too seemed to be saying to his Saviour, “Not my will but yours be done.”

Are you able to do as these two lepers and say in prayer, “Lord your will be done in my life.”? Can you acknowledge that God has the power to change your situation if He wills but that you wish His will to be done not yours?

It is so hard to look on others who seem to have such blessing and you are denied the same. They move about freely and you must struggle to walk with canes or a walker. Perhaps their family life seems idyllic and your world is shattered by anger, divorce and quarrels.

In such a situation can you thank God you know Him, that your life is full of His grace, that in His presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11)?

Though you may be denied the common blessings of life can you be satisfied with life’s greatest treasure, the Lord Himself? Can you say sincerely, “Your will be done.”?

May you be content with the Lord alone. In His time your problems shall all be gone and you shall know freedom and joy in His eternal presence.

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