“When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” (Mt 8:1-4)
The prayer meeting was wonderful. Jehovah Jireh is still manifesting in our midst. Sister R shared her testimony. She is a humble and faithful woman of God. She is a wife, mother and grandmother. She never misses any of the services in our church. She is a teacher by profession. She also has a wonderful ‘hobby’: she writes books for children. Since I know her, all these years, she applied to the government to approve her books. But none listen to her. We prayed many times for a breakthrough. Last year her husband had a stroke. Now she knows that only God can help. On Monday she received a phone call that the Commissioner for education in Delta state comes to inspect her store of books. This was a miracle. The Government officials were so impressed with her labor, that they gave her the contract to supply books to all the primary schools in the state. She was told to come to Asaba and collect a cheque for millions of Naira. The Government promised to build a new printing press for her. This is the lesson: It pays to trust, wait and serve God. When all (human) hope is lost, God intervenes! Praise the Lord!
We then praised God with singing and dancing. Lastly, the message came: The healing of the leper! The prophetic word this season was ‘to go up the mountain and encounter Jehovah Jireh. The Holy Spirit pointed to us the danger many believers and churches fell into: praying and seeking money they abandon the God who provides the money. That is why tonight, we left the talk about money aside and we looked at some miracles of Jesus, trying to build our faith. We read how Jesus healed the leper.
Leprosy was an incurable disease, both spiritual and physical. It was considered to be the worst of all. It was a mark of God’s anger with that person. People like Miriam, Gehazi and king Uzziah were smitten with leprosy because of their sins. Only God could heal them. This is Christ’s first miracle of healing recorded in the Bible. Christ, to show that He came to turn away the wrath of God, by taking away sin, began with the cure of a leper. The leper came and knelt down at the feet of Jesus, worshipping Him. He called Jesus Lord. That means God Almighty. He said “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Jesus touched him and made him clean. The healing happened immediately. Jesus sent him to the priest. God wants you to share your testimony!
Why will this man worship Jesus in his particular hopeless circumstances? It is because he knows that Jesus is his only hope! For as long as you have many helpers and gods you will not be able to worship Jesus. Miracles will pass you by. Faith will make you bold. No leper was supposed to come into the city. They were isolated outside from community. This leper took a risk by leaving his hiding place. Men could have stoned him to death. But at the feet of Jesus he found safety, peace and healing. May your faith increase! Do not be proud or distracted! Come to Jesus! Bowing in humble adoration at His feet you shall find grace to help in time of need. Jesus is able and willing to bless you tonight.
(In the picture: Children dancing and praise God in Saturday class (Prophetic prayer meeting) in our church tonight)