Lenten Devotional: March 9 | Mark 1:29-45

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 | Mark 1:29-45

Anthony Turo

As for most Christians, The Lord’s Prayer has always held a special place in my heart. And for me, the words “Thy will be done” have always been the most impactful. From an early age, I always felt that conforming to and accepting God’s will was what I was most called to do as a Christian. And as a result, I never spent much time on “intercessory” prayer, asking God for a litany of things I wanted (like some list to Santa Claus), but rather spent time humbly asking God to show me His will and how best to accept and follow it. 

When we pray, “Thy will be done,” we acknowledge God’s right to rule. We do not pray, “My will be done;” we pray, “Thy will be done.” Asking that God’s will be done is a demonstration of our trust that He knows what is best. It is a statement of submission to God’s ways and His plans. We ask for our will to be conformed to His. (GotQuestions.org, January 4, 2022)

In todays’ Gospel, the leper asks Jesus to heal him of his disease, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” (Mark 1:40) While asked in a form of intercessory prayer, the man still made it clear that he was open to God’s will, in expectation and humility, as to whether the outcome would be as he hoped. His reward was Jesus’ simple response In Mark 1:41, “I do will it. Be made clean.”

May the words of our reward when we submit to God’s will be as sweet…

Anthony Turo has been a member of St. Brendan Episcopal Church in Franklin Park since 2018, and a member of the Trinity Cathedral Chapter as of January 2022.