"And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? " Luke 17:15-17
There were ten lepers who called out to Jesus to have mercy on them and heal them. Jesus did and only one of them returned to give Him praise and thanks for healing him. Only one of the ten- nine did not return to thank Him. Before we get down on the nine, let me ask you, "How many times have you returned to give God thanks for an answer to prayer that He did for you?" We are quick to call out for His help when we are in trouble but after He hears us and does what we have asked, do we thank Him or do we forget and go on about our business?
We should be just as quick to say, "Thank You", when He answers our prayers. We get desperate for His help, should we not have the same feeling when it comes to giving Him praise and thanksgiving? When we don't give Him thanks when He answers, we are like ungrateful children.
When we don't give Him thanks, He isn't going to pout about it, neither will He withhold His help the next time out of hurt or spite. When we don't give Him thanks for answering our prayers, He is not going to punish us for it. None of these are the reasons why we should thank Him for what He has done. We should thank Him because we are truly grateful to Him. Perhaps you would said, "He knows I am thankful". You are right, He knows- He knows everything. But shouldn't you say it anyway? Shouldn't your gratitude and thanks come out of your mouth? Shouldn't He hear it from you?
Have a great day. We are quick to call upon the Lord for help, shouldn't we be as quick to tell Him, "Thank You", when He answers?
For further reading:
Psalm 75:1; 140:13
1 Thessalonians 5:18
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