What Jesus Did! 'Praise God!' — Luke 17:15-16

Thursday, October 8, 2015

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.)
— Luke 17:15-16
Illustration of Luke 17:15-16 — 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.)

Key Thought

How do we respond when our cry for mercy receives its loving answer from our Master? This story is a reminder of our need to unabashedly praise and thank Jesus for his healing power, mercy, and grace. When was the last time you fell face down and praised Jesus? When was the last time you thanked him from the bottom of your heart and with your physical posture. One of the key words for worship means to bow ("to kiss the ground"). When was the last time you praised and thanked the Lord for all that he has done for you with a genuine heart and a prostrate posture?

Today's Prayer

I praise you, O God my Abba Father, for your incredible mercy and grace. Please remove my inhibitions and my pride and help me more openly express to you my deeply felt thanks and praise through the emotions of my heart, the words that grace my lips, and the posture of my body. In Jesus' name. 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

So I bow in prayer before the Father. Every family in heaven and on earth gets its true name from him. I ask the Father with his great glory to give you the power to be strong in your spirits. He will give you that strength through his Spirit. I pray that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. I pray that your life will be strong in love and be built on love. And I pray that you and all God's holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ's love. I pray that you can understand how wide and how long and how high and how deep that love is. Christ's love is greater than any person can ever know. But I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with the fullness of God. With God's power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:14-21

After the Lamb took the scroll, the four living things and the 24 elders bowed down before the Lamb. Each one of them had a harp. Also they were holding golden bowls full of incense. These bowls of incense are the prayers of God's holy people. And they all sang a new song {to the Lamb}: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were killed; and with your blood (death) you bought people for God from every tribe, language, race of people, and nation. You made these people to be a kingdom, and you made these people to be priests for our God. And they will rule on the earth." Then I looked, and I heard the voices of many angels. The angels were around the throne, the {four} living things, and the elders. There were thousands and thousands of angels—there were 10,000 times 10,000. The angels said with a loud voice: "{All} power, wealth, wisdom and strength belong to the Lamb (Jesus) that was killed. He is worthy to receive honor, glory, and praise!" Then I heard every living thing that is in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. I heard every thing in all these places. I heard them all saying: "All praise and honor and glory and power forever and ever to the One that sits on the throne and to the Lamb!" The four living things said, "Amen !" And the elders bowed down and worshiped.

Revelation 5:8-14

Moses told Pharaoh, "When I leave the city, I will lift my arms in prayer to the Lord. And the thunder and hail will stop. Then you will know that the Lord is in this land.

Exodus 9:29

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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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