Luke 17:11-37 - The healing of the ten lepers always gives us a reminder of the importance of gratitude and appreciation for our own salvation. It is not uncommon to hear the exhortation to be thankful for your soul being saved every day. Jesus spoke about His second coming and one of the things to note is verses 26 and 28 where He speaks of things being "...as it was in the days of Noah..." and "...as it was in the days of Lot..." By saying this Jesus was stating that things were running along as normal and then judgment fell. That is what a lot of the world will be doing just prior to the Day of Judgment. Many people will be going through their normal activities without thinking that the end is so near!
Luke 18:1-14 - Jesus spoke again on the subject of prayer. He starts off by encouraging His disciples to be persistent in presenting their prayer requests to God. "...men ought always to pray and not lose heart" verse 1. He also spoke against hypocrisy in prayer as He gave the illustration of the Pharisee and the tax collector coming before the Lord in prayer. The one was so full of himself it is nauseating to listen to him! The other, the tax collector, was so humble that it is refreshing to hear his cry for mercy!