Jesus Heals Ten Lepers

GUWG-Thank-YouWe continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

As I’ve said before, most of my prayers go something like this:

(Something bad happens.)

Me: Help!

(God answers my prayer. Then something bad happens.)

Me: Help!

(God answers my prayer. Then something bad happens.)

Me: Help!

(Repeat the above ad nauseam)

What’s missing? The THANKS! part.

Waaaaaay too often, I forget to express gratitude to God for all the wonderful answers to prayer He provides. Today’s selection delves into that issue:

As Jesus 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. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him — and he was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

(Luke 17:11-19)

Don’t be like the 9/10 (or me) who neglected to thank God. Here are some THANK-full verses to help you in that endeavor:

Give THANKS to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)

Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving THANKS to God the Father for everything. (Ephesians 5:20)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with THANKSgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

Give THANKS in all circumstances. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Martin Luther called gratitude “the basic Christian attitude.” Gratefulness is even good for you — according to a slew of scientific studies, thankful people are less depressed, less stressed, more content,  sleep better and have better relationships.

So … THANK GOD. Right now. Please.

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