In Luke 17, we read of ten lepers encountering Jesus. They saw Jesus as he was about to enter a village. The lepers were unclean so they could not live in the village; they were outcasts. They called out to Jesus because they were not allowed to be within 100 paces of healthy people. It’s interesting that when Jesus prayed for one leper in Matthew 8:14, He touched the leper and the leper was healed. On this occasion, Jesus said “Go show yourselves to the Priests.” As they went to see the priests they were healed. By sending them to the priests, Jesus showed that He had not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it.
Folks some observations here.
1. You might pray for some people who feel they are society’s outcasts, for whatever reason, physically, mentally or spiritual they feel like outcasts. They feel rejected and isolated because of events in their lives. As we continue to reach out to them, don’t judge; but minister with the compassion and love of Christ. Let people feel Christ’s love through what you say and do.
2. Jesus prayed for people in different ways. People can be healed in different ways: laying on of hands, anointing with oil, prayers of healing, by deliverance and by the supernatural breaking in of God. Be in touch with the Holy Spirit and see what He wants you to do.
3. It does not say that the lepers were instantly healed when Jesus prayed for them. Not all people are healed immediately when prayed for. Healing can be progressive. You might not see some immediate results but encourage people that their healing can be progressive.
4. Only one of the ten lepers came back and thanked Jesus. He was a Samaritan. It’s interesting that the leprosy affected both Jew and Samaritan. Sickness brings everyone down to one level. People who you pray for and get healed you may never see again. Human nature can react in many ways.
5. Jesus directed the lepers to go and see the priests. It was the custom of the day that the priests declared when a person was a leper and when he was not. He could only declare someone had leprosy. He could not heal them.
Friends, when praying, direct people to the great high priest, Jesus himself, who can heal any disease.
Finally the word “cleansed” is used in this story. Not only can Jesus heal you but His blood can cleanse you. You can receive physical healing, inner healing and have all your sins washed away.