A man with leprosy said to Jesus, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Jesus says to him, "I am willing . . Be clean" It is that statement that is also a request. It is knowing that help can be given. (Matthew 8:1-4)
I try my best to not ignore my children. When they request something I typically respond - I recognize them and let them know what we are (or not) going to do about it. My kids expect an answer, an action, a word, an explanation. They don't throw out requests to me without waiting for my answer. They expect something.
The leper expected something. An answer, an action, something. He didn't speak to Jesus just to say some words and then walk away. He came to Jesus because he was in need. He had probably tried every home remedy, lived apart from those he loved, agonized over this disease and then he was able to say "Jesus do it." This phrase that asks with expectation and states what Jesus can do.
Out of great love and compassion, Jesus says he is willing. I can't help but think of how I talk to Jesus. Is it that great mix of expectation, questioning and affirmation of who Jesus is? When I ask in that way, am I better at waiting around for an answer? Could that be part of the child-like faith Jesus talks about? Asking and stating: "Jesus do it."