Luke 17: 11- 19 “‘Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they?
In his Small Catechism Martin Luther said we are to use God’s name in three ways, “Prayer, praise, and thanksgiving.” When we worship we are praising God. When we pray we are asking, invoking God’s blessings. We may ask for wisdom, or clarity in decision making, to help us from sinning, to help a friend or family member in need. But we are also called up to use God’s name in Thanksgiving. We are all good in “Asking”, but rather lax in “Thanking God”.
Ten men who suffered from leprosy were healed by Jesus. To be a leper meant that you were cut off from family, friends, any group encounters, and worship. You were an outcast. Yet when the ten were made clean after asking Jesus to heal them, only one came back to say thank you. God wants us to come to him in prayer, but it would be nice and loving to thank God when he hears and answers our prayers. Amen.