Luke 17 tells a story of 10 men with a fatal skin disease called leprosy, who approached Jesus for healing. His power coupled with their faith led to their immediate healing. Although 10 came for healing, only 1 returned to say thanks…

“Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭17:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

This was not a case of bad manners, as though their mothers trained them poorly. This seems to come down to a bad habit we can all fall prey to: believing for big things, praying for big things, then when God provides, going on about our lives without saying thanks.

It could be a bad habit. It could be oversight. But more dangerously, it could be the result of entitlement.

Whatever the reason may be, it must change. If it’s a habit, change it. If it’s an oversight, pay attention closer next time. If you feel entitled, repent now! God doesn’t owe us answers to prayer like we want – He graciously provides when our request are in His will.

Thankfulness isn’t a suggestion; it’s a command. An attitude of gratitude changes everything.

When we choose an attitude of gratitude, it humbles our prideful, entitled hearts and opens opportunities to glorify God in even greater ways.

Before you ask God for anything, take a few minutes today (and every day), and thank Him for what He’s already done!

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