11As He went on His way to Jerusalem, it occurred that [Jesus] was passing [along the border] between Samaria and Galilee.
12And as He was going into one village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance.
14And when He saw them, He said to them, Go [at once] and show yourselves to the priests. And as they went, they were cured and made clean.(A)
15Then one of them, upon seeing that he was cured, turned back, recognizing and thanking and praising God with a loud voice;
16And he fell prostrate at Jesus’ feet, thanking Him [over and over]. And he was a Samaritan.
17Then Jesus asked, Were not [all] ten cleansed? Where are the nine?
18Was there no one found to return and to recognize and give thanks and praise to God except this alien?
19And He said to him, Get up and go on your way. Your faith (your trust and confidence that spring from your belief in God) has restored you to health.
Only one returned to thank Jesus for healing. Pretty sad, right? How easy it is, and even understandable, to get caught up in the excitement of answered prayer but never stop to thank the One who answered. Review some of your recent prayer requests. How has God answered? Have you thanked Him? Spend your prayer time today in thanks to God.
I admit it, Lord. I’m more like the nine lepers in this story than the tenth. Forgive me. Teach me to be thankful to You for all You do, for all Your goodness, for Your loving answers to my prayers. Thank You most of all for being my God, my Savior, my Righteousness. Amen.