Give Thanks Loudly

  • March 26, 2015
  • #8584

Make your requests of God—just remember to give Him thanks with the same vigor and earnestness that you offered up your petitions.

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with more from Luke chapter 17.

The last time we met, I shared a few fresh insights from the story in Luke chapter 17. And to refresh your memory, let me begin with verse 11. It says:

“Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, ‘Jesus, Master, have pity on us!’ When he saw them, he said, ‘Go, show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him, and he was a Samaritan.” (Luke 17:11-15)

There’s so much about this passage that I just love. Yesterday I mentioned that the ten lepers only asked Jesus for pity, but He ended up giving them a healing. The lesson in that was: It pays to do what Jesus tells you to do, for when you obey, He may well give you far more than you could possibly ask or imagine. But I have another lesson today, a different lesson from this passage. Because I want you to notice that when the lepers saw Jesus, they (and I quote here) “called out in a loud voice.” They loudly called out for pity; they cried aloud for help. The point being, they didn’t ask for help in a demure, soft, polite voice. No, they did what scripture tells us what we are to do time and again: cry out for mercy. They raised their voices and called out for help.

Now as the story continues, we learn that only one leper came back to say thank you. But this is what really touches me: for in the same loud voice that the leper asked for pity, he thanked Jesus in that same loud voice. He was just as earnest about his thanksgiving, as he was in his asking. And I hope that speaks to you as it does to me. Because there are times when I groan and moan and cry before the Lord; I plead with him over a certain matter – and when he answers I simply cannot say, “Oh thanks, Lord; thanks for answering me, that was really great.” (And to be honest, some of us don’t even say that, right?) No, when I see Him fulfill my request I must – I absolutely must – first, remember to not only give thanks, but secondly to express my gratitude with the same energy, the same urgency and the same emotion that I offered up in my request. If the tenth leper asked loudly and then upon receiving his healing, thanked God loudly, the onus is on me to do the same.

Now, I cannot tell you how important this is in the Christian’s life. We are all so very good in asking God for any number of things. If we were honest, we’d admit that 90% of our prayers are requests and petitions, we need something, we ask him for stuff. But how many of us when God answers actually take time to thank Him. Oh, I don’t mean just to assume that He knows you’re grateful; I mean that you actually out loud tell Him how thankful you are. And the story in Luke chapter 8 takes it one step further, because if we cry out for God's help, then we must cry aloud to Him our thanks. I often do this when I'm traveling to and from Joni and Friends in the van; I'll say, “Jesus, thank you that you gave me a pain free day today, I asked you for that this morning and look, you’ve done it. You’ve given it, so thank you Jesus! Bless you for taking to heart my request earlier in the day.” And friend, I would encourage you to do the same. Make requests of the Lord all you want, just be sure to say thank you when He answers—and just be sure to say it out loud.

© Joni and Friends

 

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