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.
-A leper believed in the healing power of Jesus and worshiped Him before making or receiving his request. The leper recognized Jesus in His Deity and worshiped Him not because he was already healed but because he trusted in Jesus’ faithfulness and mercy. Jesus also healed a blind man who believed in Him and worshiped Him (Jn 9:38-39). Jesus is our Healer. His authority is powerful and His compassion; comforting. He calls us to always believe in Him and worship Him; despite what we are going through.
God is Sovereign and Creator of the heavens and earth; and all that is in them. He deserves all our worship and praise. In the Bible; many pagan nations worshiped other gods and God cautioned Israelites against engaging in idolatry. An inclination to worldly pleasures like greed, corruption, materialism, sexual immorality etc is also viewed as idol worship. These offer competing needs to the worship of God, as Jesus says that; you cannot serve Him and mammon at the same time. True and proper worship is to imitate Jesus our Lord and Savior and seek His grace for He is Holy. As the leper worshiped God for who He is and was cleansed, we too are called to worship God for who He is and not what He has done, which enhances our faith. Christ loves us with an everlasting love for He died for our sins and became a pleasing sacrifice to God so that through Him we may be saved. Christ gave us the Holy Spirit that we may always be united with Him as we worship in Spirit and in truth. Worship is anchored on our belief in Christ our Lord and Saviour; the way, the truth and the life Who grants us life in abundance.
We worship and adore You Almighty Father for who You are and praise Your name forever. You are the Creator of the heavens and the earth, our Healer, our Provider, our Sustained, our Protector, our Salvation, our Lord and King. There is no other God but You Jesus, thank You for this far You have brought us. You have healed all our wounds before we ask You, You have provided for all our needs before we requested and have protected us from all accidents and evil snares even when we did not realize it. All glory and praise belongs to You Father. Heal all those who are sick and suffering and make us clean by Your merciful love. Increase our faith in You Jesus and bestow upon us love and wisdom that we may continue to serve You and Your people with diligence. Amen
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