Luke 17:11-18 talks about healing of ten me who had leprosy. It says that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem, travelling along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 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.”
They all knew about Jesus as a miracle healer so when they came to know that Jesus was passing by the village, they cried out in a loud voice.
How do you know Jesus? Is your relationship with Jesus based on what you have heard from others? Is your decision to follow Christ influenced by the experiences of a renowned preacher or your own strong desire to seek Him? The answer is crucial since it makes the foundation of your walk with Christ both in this life and the life to come.
When Jesus saw them, he said Go show yourselves to the priests. They went and were cleansed.
All of them were obedient and when Jesus asked them to show themselves to the priests, they didn’t hesitate to obey even though they were not healed yet.
How obedient we are to the Lord when he asks us to do something in response to our prayers and petitions? Do we need to see the answer before moving ahead in obedience or can we proceed without seeing, believing that we will receive whatever we have asked for in prayers if we obey?
Our answer is always in obedience which sometimes appears just the opposite to what we are asking the Lord to do for us.
Are your prayers not getting any result despite your loud cries before the Lord? The reason might be not listening to the voice of the Lord or just ignoring what he is asking to do. The Lord might be saying something that may seem too hard to you to do. But don’t rely on your strength or mind for the one who is asking you to go will go ahead to prepare a way for you. Just obey the Lord for in your obedience lies the answer to your prayers.
One of then when he saw he was healed, came back praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him he was Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” The he said to him, “Rise and go, your faith has made you well.”
When the one who was healed came back to Jesus. Jesus questioned him “Were not all ten cleansed?”
When God has answered the prayers of his people, he expects his children to come back to him and acknowledge his mighty hand in their blessings. He not only longs to hear our prayers as a compassionate father but also waits for us to go to him when prayers are answered for that brings Glory to his Holy name.
What do you do blessings arrive in answer to your prayers? Do you run to call your best friend to share the news or rush to update your facebook status? These things can wait but there is the right time and place for everything and the moment your prayers get answered, rush to offer thanksgiving to the Lord. Don’t delay it even though you might think that 5 minute delay wont make any difference. When the answers arrive, leave everything behind and run to the King. He deserves the first place and priority in our lives.
Then he said, “Rise and go, your faith has made you well.”
Jesus acknowledged the faith of the one who came back to thank him. What a blessing! The King of Kings and Lord of Lords commended his faith. He received praise from the one who is worthy of all praise and honour. God’s commendation makes everything new and whole – body, soul and spirit. This is what happened with this man. Jesus told him that his faith has made him whole.
Prayers never finish when we say Amen. They go beyond and prepare a child of God to receive more than what can ever be asked. Father is willing to give you much more than what could ever been requested. Just offer him thanksgiving! sincere thanksgiving! and, you will receive not just what you are asking but HIM whose presence makes everything whole and perfect!