I was reading a book recently about prayer and there was a section on the importance of giving thanks when we pray. As I read the section I realized that I don’t spend much time thanking God for the things He has done for me – of which there are plenty, I might add. If I am honest, when I pray I usually go straight to the, “Will you take care of this problem for me….”.
The book mentioned the story in Luke of the ten lepers that Jesus healed. Here is the text:
Luke 17:11-19 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
In that time if you were a leper you were an outcast from society, it was a horrible way to live. The author said that he was sure that each and every one of the ten men would have been grateful to no longer have to live the way they had been and would have been happy to be able to return home to their families. However, only one of the lepers took the time to come back and thank Jesus for what he had done for him. That is being thankful. Not just being glad that God did something for you, but taking the time to stop and tell him how much you appreciate it and praising Him for it.
We are thanking the Lord tonight for an amazing answer to prayer. Some friends have been waiting for six months to have their guardianship order signed for the thirteen year old girl they want to adopt from India. Many people have prayed for this to happen. Praise the Lord for this victory! Kalindi and Kira are so excited to see their good friend again.
Take the time this Thanksgiving to thank the Lord for all He has done for you. But, instead of just doing that on this one day, try to make it a habit of your daily prayer life. It will bless your spirit when you recall all God has done.
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.