What Jesus Did! 'Mercy!' — Luke 17:11-13

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Jesus was traveling to Jerusalem. He went from Galilee to Samaria. He came into a small town. Ten men met him there. These men did not come close to Jesus, because they all had leprosy. But the men yelled to Jesus, "Jesus! Master! Please help us!"
— Luke 17:11-13
Illustration of Luke 17:11-13 — "Jesus! Master! Please help us!"

Key Thought

Mercy! Is that what we so often need? Life is filled with many unexpected challenges. Coupled with the predictable developmental challenges that come our way, these unexpected challenges can make life seem unbearable. For those with leprosy in the days of Jesus, life was unbearable. As outcasts and beggars, they groveled out an existence while waiting to die an agonizing and horrible death. Our challenges may or may not be as severe as these 10 lepers faced, but all of us do find ourselves in need of mercy. So what do we do when we find ourselves in such need? We cry out to the Lord with open, frank, and honest appraisal of his exalted position and our deep need: "Jesus, Master, have mercy on me!"

Today's Prayer

O LORD God, I appeal to you in the name of Jesus to have mercy on me. Have mercy on me for my weakness, hypocrisy, and sin. LORD, please do not just forgive me, but strengthen me and enable me to be a more sturdy and faithful disciple. Have mercy on me in my time of confusion and need. Heal my illnesses, mend my broken heart, and still the storms of my troubled mind. Have mercy on me as I try to decide your will for my life and as I try to discern the path you want me to take in the decisions I must make. Have mercy on me as I seek to minister and as I need your strength, wisdom, and compassion to touch others. LORD God, and Jesus my Master in whose name I pray, have mercy on me. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus was traveling to Jerusalem. He went from Galilee to Samaria. He came into a small town. Ten men met him there. These men did not come close to Jesus, because they all had leprosy. But the men yelled to Jesus, "Jesus! Master! Please help us!" When Jesus saw the men, he said, "Go and show yourselves to the priests. " While the ten men were going to the priests, they were healed. When one of the men saw that he was healed, he went back to Jesus. He praised God loudly. He bowed down at Jesus' feet. The man thanked Jesus. (This man was a Samaritan. ) Jesus said, "Ten men were healed; where are the other nine? This man is not even a Jew! Is he the only one that came back to give praise to God?" Then Jesus said to the man, "Stand up! You can go. You were healed because you believed."

Luke 17:11-19

Related Scripture Readings

{I said this prayer to God:} "Lord, be kind to me. Look, my enemies are hurting me. Save me from the 'gates of death.'

Psalm 9:13

Lord, I am hurt and lonely. Turn to me and show me mercy.

Psalm 25:16

God, be merciful to me. Be kind because my soul trusts you. I have come to you for protection, while the trouble passes.

Psalm 57:1

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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