Have you ever prayed in desperation…
Jesus, if you __________ then I will __________?
Leprosy was a highly contagious disease of the skin that terrified people. For that reason, people who had it were completely isolated from their families and communities. They were even called “unclean.”
After the past year, it’s easy for us to see how easily people can isolate themselves out of fear of illness.
What if you heard there was a “Healer” in town? Someone who could make it possible for you to LIVE a normal life again? Not a “new normal” but a full healthy interactive life with those you love and care for?
10 men came to Jesus in need of a miracle.
I wonder if they were thinking, “If Jesus heals me, I will be so thankful . . . I will __________.
But how often do we think or even pray, “If Jesus __________ I will __________ and then we don’t?
Life distracts us and we go back to our old routines and habits.
But for one of the 10, the physical healing of His body led to a simple response of gratitude that led to a life-changing word from Jesus.
One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan.Luke 17:15–16, 19 (MSG)
[Jesus] said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.”
Jesus gave him the greatest healing of all. He changed this man’s life forever, not only healing him physically but healing him spiritually.
Gratitude changes our lives. We are healed by God’s mercy and saved by His grace. And a thankful heart and life of gratitude opens us to a life of praise that blesses us and glorifies God.
A Prayer of Gratitude
and the Healing of a Changed Life
Father, please help me want Jesus more than anything. Help me want the Healer more than the healing. Help me come to You in faith with my needs but even more than that . . . help me come to You with gratitude for all You have done and continue to do for me.
You have changed my life! You forgive my sins and give me faith. You heal me physically but more importantly, You heal me spiritually. Because of Your grace, mercy, and love, I have everything I need today and the hope of having everything I need for all eternity.
Please help me to keep my heart and mind focused on You. Help me trust and obey Your will for me. Help me live a changed life of gratitude for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
When you and I focus on ourselves and forget to live with gratitude we open ourselves up to all kinds of temptation and sin. But running back to Jesus in gratitude opens our hearts to know and love Him more and more.
On today’s note write:
Today, I will pray to live my life changed by gratitude.
May God bless you today as you thank Him for His gift of a life changed by His grace, mercy, and love.
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