Read Mark 1:40-45
Begin today by praying for your friend your friend or family member.
Having a debilitating illness is hard, but being a Leper in Jesus day was excruciatingly difficult. If you had leprosy in Jesus day you were considered an outcast, not just socially, but literally. In fact, in Jesus day, a leper would either be required to wear a bell around their neck announcing that they were walking through a town, or they would be led by someone who would ring a bell and shout, “Unclean”, as you proceeded through a village.
Can you imagine the humiliation of this? Can you imagine what this would do to your identity? You would have no interaction with people except when someone was yelling out for people to get out of the way when you walked into town. Its safe to say that this Leper led a lonely life. Which is why when Jesus healed him, he had no problem and no issue with being bold about telling everyone he came in contact with about Jesus’ healing ability.
Look at how Mark says it……
“….Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news…”
Even after Jesus told the man not to share what had happened, the man could not keep it to himself. The news was just too good not to share, Jesus was just too good to keep to himself. This man literally told everyone that he came into contact with that Jesus had healed him. And as a result, scripture tells us that people started flocking to Jesus Christ.
As you pray for your friend or family member today, think about the impact that they could have in reaching their friends for Jesus. Begin to pray not only for your friend, but for your friends, friends. And that God would already be working in their lives, preparing them to be impacted by the gospel.