Day 10
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Hope & Healing

Scripture

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. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”—Luke 17:11-19

Devotional

These ten men were desperate for healing. Leprosy was such an awful infectious disease that men who had it were desperate for healing. And they knew they had only once chance to get Jesus' attention, it was just as he even entered the village. This is, in fact, where the infected would have lived—outside the village. Yet they know that Jesus has the supernatural power to help them, and so they cry out to him, begging for him to help.

What's fascinating is Jesus’ response! He directs them to go to the priests. This is what someone with leprosy, or a similar disease, would do after they had been healed. They would go to a priest in order to get approval to reenter society and be declared physically and spiritually clean. Jesus, however, tells them to go before this has happened. The men, to their credit, go. And in their going, (an act of faith) they are healed.

Often when we are in need, confused, hurting, or at a loss for direction, we ask God to resolve, remove, reconcile, or reverse the situation. We ruminate on it trying to strategically devise a way out. But often God just want us to do the next right thing. He just wants us to take one more step, and then another, and so on. And while the step may seem odd, it is usually in the action that we see God doing wonderous things.

Do you want to see something spectacular today? If so, just do the next right thing. Take action in obedience, and when you see God do something miraculous turn back to give him thanks.

This week we are focusing on the discipline of scripture.

Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

  • Identify: a word or phrase of hope from the scripture today.
  • Pray: with God for 3-5 minutes, about the healing you need.
  • Share: below, the hope and healing you need.

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249 thoughts on “Hope and Healing

    • Greg says:

      In all times, give thanks. It is the most important action we can take in reaction to EVERYTHING the Lord does for us. He is always molding us to gain more trust. Sometimes it is easy. Other times it is hard. But, all times, it is owed to Him.

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      • Kevin says:

        Do the next right thing. Take action in obedience! Just like the leper who returned to Jesus to give him praise for the miraculous healing.
        Jesus, I pray for healing and restoration in my life for my family, for my relationships and for my depression and anxiety that plague me on a daily basis! In your name I pray. Amen!

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      • Pat says:

        Thank you Greg. Sometimes we just have to be reminded of this. And we do give thanks and praise Jesus for everything.

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      • Scott Corneliussen says:

        I pray for the world to be healed, to love each other, and fight this virus and get over it.

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    • Dave says:

      Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” God grant me the faith to trust you through Stephs healing and praise you for the miracles you have performed with her health.

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  1. Ben says:

    “And as they went they were cleansed”
    It was in the action of their faith that Jesus healed them! I pray today that I will have that kind of Faith to take the action that God is asking of me!

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    • Buck Irwin says:

      Want my love for God to grow deeper everyday, and want to remember to give thanks for every blessing. Also, just went through a lay-off and looking at where God wants me next. Thanks!

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  2. John says:

    Doing the next right thing – always harder but well worth it. Have been struggling with habitual sin for years. What I need is a restoration of the soul that only Jesus can do. Praying for all others in this fight!

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  3. Donny Lill says:

    Master have pity on us…
    I am not necessarily seeking pity, just guidance and strength that will allow me to think more clearly and to be a good servant leader to my family and my team at work. Lord clear my mind and open my heart so that I may hear your healing voice…

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    • Rick says:

      Remember Matt; The battle is not ours, it’s the Lord’s. Frustration and impatience can be a sign of unbelief. We know the Lord wants them to ‘get it’ more than we do so why should we think He won’t allow that to come to fruition? Whatever ‘it’ might be, as long as it is part of His good and perfect plan. Sometimes we have to rest in Him and all Jesus has accomplished (“It is finished!”), before we can walk in a way that is worthy of our calling.

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  4. Dustin says:

    “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”. I have absolute faith that as I continue to faithfully walk with Christ; reading scripture daily to know God fully, that God will continue the healing of my brokenness that he begun 16 years ago.

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  5. Dan says:

    Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?
    My prayer it that as a believer, I am able to identify what the next right thing is and that I have the courage to do it. Also I pray that as the world cries out to God during these uncertain times, that we take the time to continually thank God for the many blessing in our lives and we do not abandon him after he heals us, which he will in his way and in his time.

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  6. Micky says:

    “Where are the other nine?”
    Many times we cry out to God in our times of trouble and then repeatedly forget about Him once our problems have been resolved…
    Help me Father to keep my eyes on you, to praise and worship you in spirit and in truth, giving thanks every day for your great love.

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  7. Randy says:

    Praying about mobilizing response to the places where there are little or no health care networks or “safety nets” for vulnerable and poor, day laboring for each days food , as covid-19 goes globally without discrimination. It is in our hands to “rise and go” as this passes over the more developed western nations and carries on into the undeveloped nations or even the neighbor across the street.

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  8. Tom says:

    (Faith ). I pray for healing in my relationship. I pray for the world to come together through this hard time we are experiencing and have faith in the one and only God. I pray for God to use me as a vessel to do his work.

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  9. Chad P says:

    As they went they were cleansed. Many times I get stuck in the valley of decision and feel paralyzed to take that next step. Help us cry, help us hear, help us obey with childlike faith.

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  10. Steve Roarke says:

    I am praying for the people in this world that are far from God, that they would come to know Him and love Him. That they will see our God doing amazing things in these times of struggle and that they will turn to Him.
    God has a plan.

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  11. Ed says:

    Freedom from pain is my request. I stand ready for it and believe that you will do that and I won’t be one of the nine either.

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  12. cory doden says:

    Ask for a blessing. Be aware when the blessing is received. Praise God for the blessing. Today I’m praying for my son and daughter in law, both unemployed during this time. Also for our elderly neighbors.

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  13. Tony Blue says:

    Rise and go, your faith has made you well. God has his arms of protection around us. We just have to have faith.

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  14. Tim says:

    Go show yourselves to the priests. And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.. Just as the leper’s were obedient to Jesus telling them to go show themselves to the priests, I pray that I will be obedient to Jesus calling in my life..

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  15. Dan Boswell says:

    It’s all about hope! Ten unhealables, healed. Praising God with a passion. And realizing, that thru faith, we can be healed, from whatever. Amen

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  16. JP says:

    My hope is in God’s word. He is faithful and true. I need only ask and respond in faith and thanksgiving. I pray for deliverance from the spiritual battle I am in. Thankful and praising God for His love and for the legion of defenders being lead by Jesus that are surrounding and protecting me.

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  17. Jim says:

    “Your faith has made you well!’ This is a mouthful! I pray that this is our takeaway from this story. It is our faith that takes us from death to life, gives us true joy and….makes us well.

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  18. Tom says:

    “Go”. Father, I want healing for my mind and back. Thank you for it. Help me simply trust you to go and follow your lead, even if I don’t know the exact end result. I declare I am healed in Jesus name!

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  19. Eric M. says:

    “Rise and go” – Lord please help strengthen my faith in you to the point that I can rise up and go without fear and apprehensiveness in these trying times. I ask this more than anything!

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  20. George says:

    Praying to be able to have the strength and wisdom to be a good Dad and husband during this time of uncertainty.

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  21. Pete says:

    I pray that our eyes be opened to see the acts of God. The beauty of his might. God give us the strength on our journey to see your beauty is the struggling time. Bless us with your grace and remind us your always with us.

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  22. Walter says:

    I’m praying for comfort and peace of mind for my wife and my children, during these trying days/weeks ahead. To remember God is in control.

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  23. Eric Jensen says:

    He threw himself at Jesus feet and thanked him! Lord, let me be one who comes back to give you thanks and throw myself at your feet!

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  24. Nick Hall says:

    Jesus told the man your faith has made you well. This day and everyday my faith that the Lord will strengthen me to fight my sins! God is good!

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  25. Dan says:

    “…calling out in a loud voice…”
    “…praising God in a loud voice…”
    “…your faith has made you well.”

    True trust and need will overcome social boundaries and express itself clearly, and give praise where it is due. I need this to overcome my selfish fears.

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  26. Jay Wegiel says:

    He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
    Luke 17:14. In particular “as they went” stood out to me. It reminds me of one of my favorite phrases: “Light responded to brings more light!” I find that whenever I I act on something that God has laid on my heart growth, healing, peace, wisdom, change follows.

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  27. Zach says:

    Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Praying that I remember to turn to God not only to ask for things, but to praise Him and thank Hime. Like the other 9, I forget to do that.

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  28. David C says:

    “Giving thanks to God”…. in everything, the good, bad and ugly, we are to give thanks! ! If these men hadn’t had leprosy they would not have went to Jesus. And from a commentary I read, it was that 1 leper, who returned to give thanks to Jesus , that was not only cleansed, of his leprosy, but also “made well”~ meaning that he received salvation /was healed completely, of body, mind and soul !!!

    Praying for Salvation for the lost ~
    Ephesians 2:8-9; 3 John 4 ; John 3:3
    And praying for revival in our nation , especially at this time, along with personal restoration from estrangement with 2 adult children / 2 young grandchildren ~Ezekiel 36:26; Joel 2:25; Genesis 50:20

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  29. Michael Spencer says:

    “As they went, they were cleansed.” Jesus is, and always has been so loving and kind to me. I hope that I can express the same to others.

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  30. Stan says:

    So thankful for What God has done in my life… Through the years i have found Him to be faithful. I am praying for God’s blessings on my family and that my children (26) and (21) will not forsake those Biblical principles they were taught early in life.

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  31. Joe Middleton says:

    Lord & Master have pity on us….
    Many times I reach out and call to God on some trouble or guidance but after he helps me I am like the other 9 I do not go back to God and ask for the next step of obedience. I need strength that allows me to think and be more clearly on God’s word and direction, and be the best servant leader to my kids and my friends. . Lord cleanse me and make me clean as you did the 10 men that had leprosy. Thank You God for the work you have begun.

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  32. Gary says:

    “Your faith has made you well.” Because of my faith in Jesus, He answered my prayer with my father in law.

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  33. Troy Theye says:

    “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
    I believe that if we just keep this perspective in sight always. God knows what is next for us everyday. So if we continue to have that faith, trust our God and pray like we should. Besides thanking him daily. We too will have “Mountains” of relief in advance.

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  34. Brad says:

    What I am seeking is two fold…hope and direction. I seek you God for cleansing. I seek you to see you and feel your presence. This is all I want. Provide me strength to just live today and take whatever step is in front of me. Keeping my eyes on you.

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  35. Lewis Thompson says:

    “He Jesus just wants us to take a step of faith, and while the step may seem odd, it is usually in the action that we see God doing wondrous things.” My prayer is that a shield of protection would be around my wife Mary which she has a lung condition that if she was to become infected with COVID-19, I don’t want her to go through that pain.

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  36. Eric says:

    “Threw himself at Jesus Feet”
    Every day at the start, in the middle, and at the end! I want to be at your feet with honor, thanking you and praising you God! Praising for grace, forgiveness, love and steady hand in all of my life!

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  37. Darin Palmer says:

    “And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. “. It’s so important to give thanks to God to our Lord even during trying times. We are struggling so much with the loss of my stepson last month but know the healing starts by seeing the good in our lives each and every day.

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    • Walter says:

      My son passed in Jan. It’s the darkest time I’ve ever faced. But through it all great things have been done by God. He put me in a place to reconcile old hurts and reestablish lost relationships. My pain still rises up and tears still flow, but the Lord has comforted me. My kid was an addict and drugs took his life, but he told me he cried out to Jesus on the bathroom floor of The Golden Corral. I am taking that to the bank, the Lord delivered my son and his pain is done. I will pray for you, brother.

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      • Darin Palmer says:

        I’m sorry for your loss Walter! Thank you so much for sharing, I know that wasn’t easy to do. I will pray for you, My brother in Christ!

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  38. Ron Petersen says:

    “your faith has made you well”
    I pray that my faith can be strong enough to make me well and my family well.

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  39. Dave Benson says:

    The phrase that stopped me today is “One of them”. I take God’s provision and kindness for granted to often! Am I the “one” that comes back praising Him or am I like the nine with an expectant attitude? Sometimes I wait for the Lord and His provisions but through this season I’m realizing that He is actually waiting for me!

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  40. Scott says:

    “…..came back, praising God in a loud voice.”

    I feel like I am probably sometimes like the other 9. I may give superficial thanks and keep going about my day, but how often to I come back in a loud voice giving thanks and praising? My prayer and hope is that in those moments (no matter how big or small) I feel overwhelmed to praise God….in the good and bad.

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  41. Chris says:

    Faith. that’s the work that stands out to me. I am praying that my Son who has HFA and struggling with school, defiance and divorce will find Jesus and allow him to soften his heart.

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  42. Bob says:

    For me loneliness, to find the one person that I can go through the rest of my life with, we were made for relationship I will work on improving my relationship with Jesus.

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  43. Ricky D Brittain says:

    Obedience, it would be much easier if we only followed Gods will for us all. I let a lot of outside distractions from doing gods will. So it is important for me to spend time alone and with god daily. To stay on track with his vision for me.
    It is also important for me to stay in touch with my brothers in Christ. Often they help me stay on the right path in today’s hectic world.
    Thank God for his grace and mercy!

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  44. Dennis B. says:

    We walk by faith and not by sight we know it’s true
    We say it and sing it and love the way it sounds
    But none of us can even begin to truly understand
    What it really means ‘til all the lights go out
    And there we are nothing to hold on to
    But the promises God’s made to me and you
    Take another step, take another step
    Steven Curtis Chapman-Take Another Step

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  45. Guy says:

    And as they went, they were cleansed.
    Father help me to have this faith after my prayers. To go, knowing you know everything about me.

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  46. Davin says:

    “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” These days I just need the faith to take one step at a time. Like I said yesterday, just keep moving forward.

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  47. Steve says:

    I am encouraged by the boldness in their crying out to God, and then the boldness in their first step of faith/action… and reminded to give the Glory to God.

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  48. Alex says:

    Go in faith and then come back to God in praise – that is what’s on my heart from the passage this morning. Each day is an unknown with lots of changes, especially in our current times. But it’s about going and doing the next right thing you know to do and continually coming back to God and praising Him. I’m praying for heath and safety for my wife who is pregnant, my kids, and myself – specifically, I hurt my back – herniated disk – and am praying for complete healing!

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  49. Edward says:

    “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Lord, please help me with my lustful immoral sexual desires.

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  50. Kenneth McClatchey says:

    I love the phrase “in the action that we see God doing wonderous things.” In our action of obedience before we’ve received our petition – we must walk by faith (2nd Cor 5:7)trusting the Our Lord God of all creation.
    As the father of a sick child cried out in Mark 9: 23-25 “Lord I believe, help my unbelief”
    When doubt rises up before us, Lord help us to take that next step in faith.

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  51. Sean Groce says:

    Obedience
    Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed and healed.
    Praise. For all that He does in our lives

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  52. Doug says:

    Lord Jesus, show me the next step , and calm my spirit that I may not worry about what comes after that until you are ready to show me.

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  53. Brad says:

    Healing of the mind – to recognize the exacerbation of my kids and stop it in the moment and communicate in love and grace!

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  54. Matt R. says:

    I am praying for all those around the world who are impacted by this virus. I pray that I have God’s heart for those individuals and families who are suffering.

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  55. Cory Bullock says:

    This is one of my most common daily verses that has helped lead me through so much these past several years..
    Philippians 4:6-7
    6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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  56. Michael says:

    Praying for God to make us aware of how He wants is to reach those that are hurting and in need as we are directed to maintain social distance.

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  57. Borg says:

    The word is “cleansed:” to be rid of something seen as unpleasant, unwanted, or defiling. I pray to be healed.

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  58. Rich Gorecki says:

    I am praying for peace in the craziness of this pandemic. I am praying there are fewer illnesses and deaths than expected. I am praying that I take the next right action; whatever that may be. Lord comfort us in this time.

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  59. Loryn says:

    Love how the only one who came back to thank Jesus, he praised in a loud voice and threw himself at Jesus’ feet. How often have we missed being grateful for something we needed? Personally that is something that I have been working on. God is not some magical genie who gives and doesn’t care. He is the true Abba father. The same God that is with us on the mountaintop when all is going great is the same God that is with us in the valley

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    • Tom Cullen says:

      Of course I am looking for divine healing, who wants to suffer even my master, didn’t want to suffer. Body is full of chronic pain 3 back surgery’s 3 hand surgery’s just had my left knee replaced. My right knee needs to be replaced.i could add more i won’t. I do want to share a store about obedience, I was coming home from Sam’s club with my G-baby who is 10 years old she said grampa what are you doing. I am just driving, she said the speed limit is 55 and your going 65. I apologized to her, and went 55 after that she thanked me for it. I did not ask Jesus to forgive me until now! And yes I think disobedience can Inter fear with healing.

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  60. Michael says:

    Many times, when I’m struggling to see God move in my life, I forget to look back and realize all that He has done for me so far. This is a good passage to remind me that there is hope ahead, and that God has always been with me

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  61. Wade says:

    Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” I’m praying the God will give me the strength to persevere with a positive outlook and a word of encouragement to share with those that are really struggling.

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  62. Dan C . says:

    Do what’s right and just in the eyes of the lord , be then man he would like for me to be in my relationships

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  63. Nate says:

    Superficially, my daughter scratched my eye so healing for that. Then on a deeper relationship with Jesus and fight the attacks from the devil that come with that.

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  64. Seth says:

    For the Lord to give me the ability to do what he is asking for me to do and to learn to become more patient and trusting in him.

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  65. Seare says:

    Doing the right next thing in obedience was a revelation for me this morning.

    My prayers would be a break through in my spiritual life. I feel like I’m trapped down from living a life that God has called me to live.

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  66. John says:

    Lord, with Corona virus we see others more friendly, caring and concerned, not rushed as caught in the worldliness. Maybe this is what you built in us. Thank you for allowing us to love each other and above all, you. Guide us in faith and sharing with each other as honoring and thanking you. We Praise you Lord!

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  67. Rick says:

    Praying that my daughter and son would know our heavenly Father loves them and cares about every aspect of their lives. Also that Jenn and Jim would draw close to Him and no other and develop a very personal relationship with God Almighty. Praying that Jenn and Jim would also see those characteristics of love and compassion in their earthly father.

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  68. Alan Hendrickson says:

    when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.
    Lord,.. Thank you for your healings both physically and spiritually.. I pray for your mercy and grace over this fallen world.. help me make a difference in the coming days, weeks and years..

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  69. scott kelly says:

    In the midst of all that is going on right now, to do the “next right thing” may not be what most people are thinking. I do pray that we will in faith, do the next right thing whether its bringing food to someone sharing what you have or simply buying only what you need. But mainly I pray that we all turn to Jesus for guidance and discernment and have faith in knowing that His will be done.

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  70. Coach says:

    I pray that my anxieties about the future for family members and moving forward toward retirement can be lifted from my thoughts. I just need to give God more thanks for where he has lead me in this life instead of being anxious about the future. I need to trust, be thankful , and remember Jeremiah 29:11 every day.

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  71. Brian Winckler says:

    Know that Jesus has the supernatural power to heal them (me)

    I ask for Jesus to help me out of my financial whole and help me to provide for my special needs daughter.

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  72. Brian says:

    They were cleansed, praying for healing and protection.

    My two year old son just got over the flu and is showing a slight fever right now. My wife is 33 weeks pregnant with our second boy. Nerve racking time as we live in an area with active COVID-19 cases.

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  73. Stephen Donmoyer says:

    I guess mine would be a perseverance In trust in which I find myself struggling daily. I find that I am troubled with the sins of my past on a daily basis. I feel as though I fall short of his grace and I am ashamed which causes a wave of emotions. I pray daily in which I asked the Lord To wash away this filth, cleanse my thoughts, and lead me as he sees.

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  74. Dean Wendler says:

    My father’s wife woke up on Friday unable to get out of bed. Called 911 and taken to the hospital. We were texted by Dad. All us kids where asked to pray for Val. Our prayers were answered. Found out she has hyperglycemia. A problem that can be managed. As a nation we are so blessed to have excellent health care. God is the great physician, able to take care of the virus going around.

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  75. Mark Riggle says:

    Lord, Please give me the strength and courage to take your direction in the next step that you have for me!

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  76. Ryan says:

    Stepping out before the answer, so good. I get to move in faith that the things I’ve struggled with don’t apply anymore, I am new

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  77. Duane McPheeters says:

    Thanks. Challenge in sharing hope to a family member in need of true reconciliation with his wife. Very difficult at this time.

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  78. Ross says:

    The men with leprosy found both healing and restoration through their faith in Jesus. We can take the cry of our hearts to the same Master ! Where Jesus is, hope abounds. What was “eating at them” was external. Often ours is internal. Healing for our broken hearts is offered. That’s why Jesus came. (Is 61:1) Keep asking.

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  79. Jeff says:

    “Jesus, Master have pity on us!” Lord, thank you for taking pity on me…a filthy sinner in desperate need of a Savior. Thank you for being my Savior! Thank you that through your precious blood shed on the cross, I am healed (Isaiah 53:5). “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Lord, help me to walk by faith not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Lord, prevent my eyes from leading me into sin by helping me to keep them fixed on you. Thank you, Lord, that it is by grace through faith I have been saved – and this is not from myself, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that I cannot boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9). Praise the Lord!!!

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  80. Pastor Mark says:

    Praying that we continue to remember to give thanks to God, even during this rough season. This morning, I especially thank God that He prompted our church to get set up for livestreaming our worship services, so that we could more easily continue to worship together during the pandemic, without having to start from “square one”!

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    • Dallas says:

      Also I pray along with you in that that those that have passed cried out to Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins and that he welcome them home because of his mercy and grace!

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  81. Ross says:

    Could today’s “resolve, remove, reconcile, or reverse” be anything besides covid-19? We’re doing our first step, and will keep on stepping more in that direction.

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  82. JR says:

    I’m so encouraged by this passage, that just doing the next thing called me to do is obedience to the Lord, and when you obey — God blesses that, not always in the same way or always in a way that we view as “good” but He sees and loves our obedience.

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  83. Rory C says:

    Your Faith has made you well. Faith for me has become stronger than ever in the last 4 months or so. Went through a lot of trials and large obstacles, still am. But knowing God and having faith makes it so much easier and going all in makes you stronger

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  84. Stephen says:

    “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
    That right there is hope…plain and simple. They had Faith…. yelling out to Jesus, knowing if they caught his attention they would be healed…..and that they were!

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  85. Eelco says:

    Jesus, Master, have pity on me. Help me to defeat my addiction, joblessness and the voices of those who have said that I am not good enough.

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  86. Dale Nerison says:

    “As they went, they were cleansed.”
    Lord help me to take action in the right direction – to take the next right step.

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  87. Yooper says:

    He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. We are healed even when we are foreigners to God. God calls us and faith in Him can heal us and make us well. I need to hear the call and thank God for His healing. And I pray for healing for all of us as we go through these unprecedented times together.

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  88. Brian says:

    I’m praying that God will help me to daily show the patience and fatherly wisdom that my family needs in these strange times with all of us at home and many responsibilities pulling at us.

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  89. Jonathan Robertson says:

    Ditto Michael. It is easy to only look ahead and ask. ” Where is God?” So many times he is right behind me, cleaning up the mess I left.

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  90. David Luevano says:

    Oh Holy Jesus, I lift up my son Jonathan and my daughter Jessica to you . Please bless them with knowledge and decision making skills. Bless them so they think first of what comes out of their mouth. I thank you Jesus for all you do for me daily. In Jesus name I pray.

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  91. Chris Keeper says:

    “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”
    Preparing them to build a relationship with the Lord, cast your cares onto the Lord

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  92. Eric says:

    He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him…..I don’t thank Jesus enough for the wonderful Savior He is!

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  93. Eddie Ackerman says:

    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.
    This man, the ONLY one who came back to praise God, was not the one ANYONE in Jesus’ company, besides Jesus, expected to be rejoicing and praising God. Samaritans and Jews were BITTER rivals and not even supposed to TALK to one another. Just like the parable of the “GOOD Samaritan”, Jesus’ disciples pick up on the inconsistencies in their culture and how people outside the faith respond better to God’s Word than the people He brought out of Egypt and their descendants. These disputatious religious leaders, the Sadducees and the Pharisees, were called “sons of vipers” (almost surely a reference to the evil one) by the Son of the Living God. Brothers, let us not be like those people who denied Jesus and tortured and killed Him, let us follow His ways, like MANY of the people in the New Testament, and everyone that is not Jewish by birth since the New Testament was written, did and cling to the ONE command Jesus gave to His disciples: “Love one another as I have loved you.” Let’s be really honest, ALL of us that believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior are not part of the “in-crowd” that the Pharisees and Sadducees were in, and THANK GOD. In their eyes we would be considered Samaritans and second class citizens. Which should not be a problem because we are SUPPOSED to be slaves to all and masters to none, so let us all submit to Jesus’ will and commands and love others simply because God loved us first and God created everyone, so let us love the creations of God as He loves us. Amen. (sorry, that was a long post)

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  94. Rafael Dixon says:

    Men, I like to pray for more discipline in my life. Not just with building a awesome relationship with the Father but with things like exercise and eating. Also with keeping my stress level down.

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  95. Anthony Meschke says:

    They stood at a distance. Makes me think of social distancing. I need to work on showing love from a distance and keeping up with distanced family and friends

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    • Bob M says:

      I walked away from alcohol on 12 months ago – best decision I made in a long time. My father was an alcoholic and took his own life due to alcoholism. I pray that you find the strength to walk away. Focus on the cross and Jesus – draw close. He can give you the strength to leave alcohol and drugs behind.

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  96. Jon Brady says:

    Rise and go. Your faith has made you well.
    Lord, I pray for you to deliver me from my fatigue and depression. Renew my mind, body, and spirit. May I give thanks and praise in all circumstances.

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  97. Ted says:

    Rise and go, your faith has made you well.
    I am praying for our God to show me what is next.
    Our church needs healing. What can we/I do

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  98. Will says:

    I feel like I can hear the desperation and hope in the phrase “Jesus, master, have pity on us!” May I have hope and courage in the midst of hopeless situations. I pray that when things seem hopeless that I would have confidence in God’s deliverance

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  99. Michael Sirignano says:

    My phrase is “your faith has made you well”. All we need is faith in Jesus and our souls will be well!

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  100. Jeff Brown says:

    Unbelievers don’t like credit to go to Jesus as it invalidates their efforts. I will continue to be courageous and give Jesus the credit.

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  101. Jeff says:

    I was deeply moved by the fact that the ten went “unclean” in faith that they would be healed. I want that kind of faith. To be obedient. To take one step closer to total surrender. Daily.

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  102. Nick says:

    I pray for my own faith and that of my family and loved ones. I thank God that he has begun a work of healing my spirit and soul in me even now. I need healing in so many ways, relationships are high on the long list.

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  103. Jason Davidson says:

    … your faith has made you well.

    I trust in Christ and he asks me to do the next right thing. I put my faith in him to provide guidance in the right direction in softening my heart to make me well with my struggle.

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  104. Darren says:

    These words give me hope. “your faith has made you well”
    Lord I pray and ask for faith so strong that it can heal. Amen

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    • rick says:

      Jon,

      He is able and for Him, all things are possible.

      “He will keep in perfect peace those whose eyes are fixed on Him.”

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  105. Bob M says:

    “he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice” – God has healed so much in my life in the past year. Removing my prideful spirit is top of the list, he has healed my heart and mind – SHOUTING THANK YOU!

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  106. Walter says:

    Rise and go; your faith has made you well. I struggled for years under the lash of alcoholism, untreated PTSD and a host of other demons. It has taken about 39 years to be healed, at least somewhat, and I owe that all to Jesus. He has now put me in a place to reconcile with someone I hurt badly all those years ago. My faith tells me he has orchestrated this whole thing, I need the courage, faith and guidance to go forth. Make my path straight in your work Lord.

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  107. Kurt says:

    I would appreciate prayer for my brother in Colorado. I just learned he has the Corona virus. He is a believer and is trusting the Lord thru this. His name is Kevin. Thanks bros !

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  108. Dallas says:

    I am praying that once a cure for this COVID-19 is found that there will be praising of God and that this nation and world would turn to the one true God and his son Jesus Christ!

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  109. John says:

    Rise and go stood out, if we have our Focus on him, we can have complete confidence that he has made a path for us! May not be the path we planned, but in the end so much better then anything we could of planned!

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  110. Steve Brown says:

    The words that stood out to me were, “Have Pity on Us!” While I might try to minimize my bad habits, what I need to to is throw myself upon the mercy of God to heal me.

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  111. Eddie says:

    We shouldn’t turn to God out of desperation, rather our love for him because big or small acts , show his love

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  112. Nick says:

    I’ve always struggled with choosing what god wants me to do vs what I had planned to do. I always tried to steer my own direction instead of letting god have full control. I plan on letting him steer the future more.

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    • Edgar says:

      Amen. Having a group of men or on- on-one will be a great help. You can confide to them your struggles confidentially. Growing our faith is better where there are two or three of us talking and praising God. Amen!

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  113. Jacob Lamen says:

    Recognizing God is all around us can be difficult when are lives are filled with distractions, many of our own creation. Taking the time to disconnect and listen is important to acknowledge his presence.

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  114. Chris says:

    Praying for the hope that we get back to school and some sense of normalcy in life. I have learned that I don’t like unplanned vacations from school. Lord please settle this corona virus down and heal those in pain and suffering.

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  115. Edgar says:

    “Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”

    Giving praise to God seals the healing that gave us. It’s not returning the favor but it is to manifest to our human flesh the total healing or blessings that the Lord. It is like accepting a gift and making it work in the way God intended it to be.

    I thank God for the gift he has given me. Though I realized it late in my Christian life, i believe it is not too late but perfect time to give the Lord all the Glory and honor He deserved. I thank God for giving me Matthew 6:33 as my life verse to guide me in pursuing his will to me. Amen!

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  116. Edgar says:

    “Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”

    Giving praise to God seals the healing that he gave us. It’s not returning the favor but it is to manifest in our human flesh the total healing and blessings that the Lord has given us. It is like accepting a gift and making it work in the way God intended it to be.

    I thank God for the ministry gift that he has given me. Though I realized it late in my Christian life, i believe it is not too late but the perfect time to give the Lord all the Glory and honor He deserved.

    I also thank God for giving me Matthew 6:33 as my life verse to guide me in pursuing his will to me. Amen!

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  117. Seth Metcalf says:

    I liked what Vince said about “just do the next right thing” I know I fall into the category of coming to God with challenges, but I am presenting him with outcomes that I want instead of asking him for direction on what he wants me to do next.

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  118. Dave says:

    Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”—Luke 17:11-19

    Every day…my faith keeps me well. In times of trouble, I always have my faith. Lord, please guide me to put my faith first before all else

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  119. A Krumrie says:

    “and as they went they were cleansed” When we cry out to God to do something impossible, sometimes he asks us to take a step of faith that seems backwards, but it’s that act of faith that God cares about. Just simply trusting HIM no matter what. God loves to act in those moments.

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  120. Caleb says:

    Do the right thing before doing the wrong thing, have more patience with emotions and decisions, trust God and always give thanks

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  121. Adam says:

    One of them came back.

    God – help me give credit to you. To thank you. To be a testimony for you. I don’t want to be like the 9.

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  122. Al says:

    Jesus have pity among us!
    My prayer is with the whole world in disarray people will call out to Jesus and ask for healing and forgiveness.
    Stay safe everyone

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  123. Mark says:

    Praying that my prejudices toward groups and situations doesn’t affect my willingness to pray and serve those people. That the heart of Christ would overwhelm me.

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  124. LAVON C LAMBERTY says:

    At times like this I stop and pray, “Lord help me get just one small win to get started.” And it is amazing, Our LORD always comes through and I am on track for other challenges of the day.

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  125. Brian says:

    I look at football players pointing up to the heavens or kneeling in prayer after a touchdown.
    I then started to do this through out my day as a goal was reached. It was a different perspective and it helped keep the days focused. Time to do it again.

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  126. Scott Van Dale says:

    As they went they were cleansed.
    They didn’t question or doubt, they did what Jesus told them and they were healed. I pray for that kind of faith!

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  127. Rod Hoeft says:

    Today, as every day, I pray for the faith to believe that God is who He says He is and that I am who God says I am. It is a choice every day.

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  128. Brad says:

    “One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.” In this day and age it is hard to find people that will go out of there way to praise someone. God has the power to heal with just his words. It is important to remember this.

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  129. UJ says:

    Jesus is the guy who has power to deliver me. Jesus, Master, help me to overcome fear of failure, ridicule, shame! And may I never forget to run back and give you praise!

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  130. Denny says:

    I know this devotional was prepared weeks, perhaps months ago, yet it so clearly describes the situation we find ourselves in today. I did Vince’s 35 day New Years challenge. I signed up for that in November of last year. Through that, I started meeting with a brother. He encouraged me to do this Lenten study. Praise God for His awesome plan and wonderful timing. I believe He will use this tragedy that has adversely affected so many for ultimate good and His Glory. I’m not sure what the next step is, but I’m ready to take it.

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