Scripture: Luke 17:11-18:14. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Jesus had left Galilee and passed through Samaria, where he healed ten leprous men. The Pharisees asked when God’s kingdom would come, and Jesus taught about the coming of the Kingdom of God. Jesus also warned about false security. Jesus told the parables of the persistent widow and of the two men who prayed. Follow along as we read Luke, Chapters 17:11-18:14!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Jesus had healed all ten of the men with leprosy; however, only one man returned to thank him. That one man learned how important his faith had played a part in his healing. We must be sure to thank God on a daily basis for all that He is and all that He does for us. He does not demand that we thank Him; however, he loves when we do so. When we respond to Him in that manner, He teaches us more about Himself. God’s grace is for all of His children, for He loves us all so much. Jesus warned about false security – many will claim to be the Messiah and that Jesus has returned. When Jesus truly returns, everyone will be able to see and feel his power and presence, and there will be no need to spread the message; everyone will see for themselves. We are to abandon the ways of the world in order to be ready when Jesus returns. We are to live our lives here and now as if Jesus were returning today. God wants us to persist in prayer. When we constantly pray, we are keeping our prayer requests before God, trusting and having faith that He will answer us. And although He does not always answer immediately, His delays always have good reasons…even though we may not think so. 🙂
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Luke, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.