Have you ever prayed for something and then God answers your prayers? It could be anything, big or small, but it was important enough to plead for God’s intervention and he came through for you. If God has answered your prayers, do you take time to praise Him for what he has done? If not, I encourage you to. It can be easy to focus so much on the deliverance or the answer to our prayers that we forget to praise the one who made it happen. Jesus knows all about this when he healed the 10 lepers and only one came back to praise him. It says in Luke 17, verses 15 – 18:
"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? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?'"
Can you imagine being healed of something as severe as leprosy? A disfiguring disease that requires you to cry out “unclean, unclean” as a warning to others wherever you went and then being completely healed of that? You’d think praise to God would be automatic, but it wasn’t. I encourage you to be like the one who returned to give God praise. It doesn’t matter if it was a huge answered prayer or a small answered prayer, we need to give God the praise, glory and adoration for what he has done.
When God blesses us, answers our prayers or in any way intervenes on our behalf, we should always stop to give him praise. Don’t rob him of the praise that is do him. At times, God may answer our prayer in a way that seems like his hand wasn’t involved. We might have believed that what we prayed for would’ve naturally happen anyway and the prayer that we prayed was just one added measure to make sure. Or that it was coincidence, not God’s hand, that caused things to work out right. Always remember, if you prayed for something, and whatever you prayed for came to pass – whether it is as incredible as divine healing, or as seemingly natural as receiving the phone call you were hoping for, give praise to God.