Evening Prayer- March 20, 2020

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

SCRIPTURE:  Psalm 24:7-10

Lift up your heads, you gates;
    be lifted up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord strong and mighty,
    the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
    lift them up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
    The Lord Almighty—
    he is the King of glory.

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

SCRIPTURE: Luke 17:11-19 

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

 

Ten men with leprosy met Jesus. They had a skin disease, and they were not allowed to live with healthy-skinned people unless they were cured. Jesus healed all ten of the men, and they were able to return to the company of other people. Once again, this is a story of Jesus’ great healing power.

This particular story, though, includes an unusual detail. After finding that he was healed, one of the ten men came back to Jesus. He was so grateful to be healed that he shouted praise to God and threw himself at Jesus’ feet. Jesus welcomed and praised this man as someone who truly knew how to praise God, even though the man was a Samaritan, an outsider who wasn’t supposed to know much about God and faith. Jesus also asked, “Where are the other nine?” and we are left wondering how thankful they were.

By praising the man who said thank-you, Jesus shows us that receiving healing is best when it flows into a life of thanking and praising God. It’s one thing to receive salvation from Jesus, and it’s an even better thing to live out our appreciation for that salvation by sharing Jesus’ love with the world.

Let gratitude take root in your heart and life as you praise Jesus for all he has done for you!

Evening Prayer:

Heavenly Father, my day is drawing to an end, and I’m ready to turn in. But before I do, I have to thank you for your faithfulness today. It’s always a good day, even when things may not go the way I plan, or when the world seems in chaos, because you are in control.  For all the times when I was aware of your help today, all the times when your unseen presence seemed so near, thank you, God. But for all the ways you worked behind the scenes, unknown to me, moments when heaven-sent angels moved on my behalf in ways I’ll never know, thank you for those also, Lord. Amen. ~

The Our Father (slowly pray this)

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

 

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