"And a leper came to Him, imploring Him, and kneeling said to Him, "If you will you can make me clean" (Mark 1:40).
There have a been a few times in my driving career that I have become very aware of my own desperation. Driving without directions, lost, but seemingly the only one that doesn't realize it. At some point, I had to come to the realization that I needed to acknowledge that where I was headed was no good, and that I needed something to change NOW.
This passage speaks to that need of personal acknowledgment. This was a leper. He was ceremonially condemned. He had no authority or rights to approach Jesus. It was against the Law. But he did. He was desperate. He knew there was something about Jesus that men an emptiness in his life. He implored Him, acknowledging his own desperation; he kneeled, acknowledging who Jesus was; and he spoke confidently, acknowledging the power of expectant faith.
We must come to the same realization as this leper. We, too, are lepers! No, maybe not in the same way, or even a physical way, but we are desperate for God touch our lives. Unfortunately, not everyone lives with that awareness. We need to consistently acknowledge our desperation so that we don't somehow fool ourselves into thinking we don't need Him as we do.
We also must humble ourselves, acknowledging that it is we who live for Him and not the other way around. And when we pray, we need to be more confident in His Word, believing He will do exactly what He said He would do.