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  • When he came down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. Behold, a leper came to him and worshiped him, saying, 'Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean.' Jesus stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, 'I want to. Be made clean.' Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Matthew 8:1 WEB

    An outcast waited by the roadside, hoping to see Jesus. He was a leper and had a skin disease that could not be hidden. Lepers were considered 'unclean' and you were not to touch them or you would become defiled.

    The leper came and humbly knelt before Jesus, then said, 'Lord, if You want to, You can make me clean.' The King of all Kings reached out to him and said: 'I want to.'

    The Lord Jesus reached out His hand, touched the unclean man, and cleansed him of his disease. His leprosy was now gone, the shame, and the pain was healed. Jesus touched the outcast and restored his life, while everyone else shunned them.

    In the Old Testament, lepers were to be put outside of the camp (Numbers 5:2). There were intricately detailed laws about showing themselves to the priests (Leviticus 13:49) and if a leper touched someone, even a priest, they were then unclean as well. It was originally to help control the spread of disease, but it became more of a social class.

    In the New Testament, Jesus healed the lepers, sometimes ten at a time (Luke 17:17). This was new. Under the old law, the priest could not touch someone diseased. Under the new, Jesus touched and healed them, because He wanted to.

    If you are an outcast today, know that Jesus still touches the outcasts and restores them because He wants to, but you have to come to Him and ask Him like the man in the story. Jesus healed those that came to Him and asked. Many others just walked on, overwhelmed by their problems. Leprosy was considered incurable, but this man humbly came and knelt before Jesus, and like the centurion he believed and said 'Lord, You can heal me.'

    When you are sick, humbly ask the Lord to heal you. If He does not, you are no worse off. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Sometimes He will take us through it for our education, but other times He will take it away completely, because He wants to.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I come to You today and ask that You have mercy on me. Lord restore me and help me become the best version of myself. Replace my desires, with Yours. If You want Lord, You can make me clean. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer" (Romans 12:12). If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen

July 20, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

July 20, 2018
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Kevin Moore
Kevin Moore

Amen 

July 20, 2018
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen

July 20, 2018
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,praise our Lord and Master Jesus.

July 20, 2018
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring

Thank you! 

July 20, 2018
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

I believe!

July 20, 2018
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen. 

July 20, 2018
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I come to You today and ask that You have mercy on me. Lord restore me and help me become the best version of myself. Replace my desires, with Yours. If You want Lord, You can make me clean. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen Thank you

July 20, 2018
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John Lawrence Fajardo
John Lawrence Fajardo

Amen!

July 20, 2018
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

July 20, 2018
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen Lord!

July 20, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Father in Heaven look at me, I want and need to be clean. Touch me and lead me as I want to always follow You. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

July 20, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen, I want to be healed and do Your will Father.

July 20, 2018
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

July 20, 2018
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

Thank You Lord for all Your blessings. I know You can heal my life, lead me to the right job or help me improve at this one, and lead me to the right home for me if You want to. I ask that You do this in Jesus' name, Amen.

July 20, 2018
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

July 20, 2018
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Amen !!

July 20, 2018
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K K
K K

I ask you Lord to heal me from whatever is causing these heart issues and make me well in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

July 20, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

July 21, 2018
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

July 21, 2018
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thans Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I come to You today and ask that You have mercy on me. Lord restore me and help me become the best version of myself. Replace my desires, with Yours. If You want Lord, You can make me clean. In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen. 

July 21, 2018