like the Samaritan Leper.
He came back to Jesus after Jesus healed him. He came back praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. He was one of ten lepers that Jesus healed in Luke 17 as he travelled to Jerusalem. Jesus healed them all and this man was the only one that came back to say thank you.
Jesus had redeemed the leper’s life from pain and death. And the leper came back to show his gratitude for what Jesus had done for him.
Jesus has done the same thing for me. He redeemed me from hopelessness, death and eternal separation from the only source of good things in this universe – our Father God.
After reading this passage many years, ago, I decided to start all of my prayers with thanking God for who he is and what he has done for me. I still do this today and I find it puts me in the right mindset to have great conversations with God. He has already done so much for me – lavishing his love on me, forgiving my rebellion and self-centeredness, pouring his blessings down on me, giving me purpose and peace…..I could go on. So starting every prayer with ‘thank you’ helps me avoid the trap of treating him like Santa Claus and going down my list of ‘prayer requests’.
For the rest of my life here on this planet, I will be like the leper who came back to say ‘thank you’. I will live my life in gratitude to God.
Thank you, Abba Father.