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 NLT
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!"
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.
Related Scripture Readings
- Psalm 9:13
- Psalm 25:16
- Psalm 57:1
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.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.