Luke 17:12-15, 17-18 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”
God has blessed me. This last year, God answered many of my prayers. How I responded to answered prayer has not always been the same.
When Jesus was confronted by ten men suffering from leprosy, their request was all the same: “Heal Me!”
Jesus answered each and everyone’s request with the same miracle. But only one came back to praise Jesus for the answered prayer, for the blessing that had been given.
I often wonder what happened to the other nine. Some probably returned in happiness and joy to their families. Some may have moved in fear to another geographical area hoping in silence that they could start anew.
As believers, we so often count it to good fortune when God answers our prayers. We give a fleeting whisper under our breath, “Thank you God,” not realizing you have become, in effect, one of the nine.
I can’t stress how important it is to proclaim to the world when God answers your prayers. Openly praising Jesus Christ when He answers with blessing will cause you to grow in irreplaceable ways.
Examine yourself today. What was the last prayer God answered? Commit to be the one, not the nine.
Praise God for being your friend.
Have a blessed day!