Listen to these insights of Jesus Christ as He teaches that the only way to effective praying is "humility
in prayer". Jesus condemns
the first and gives assurance to the second.
While He always emphasizes that it's good, necessary and God honouring to pray, it is necessary to make sure we adopt an attitude of humility
in prayer as it's the only way to know that God assures us of forgiveness and peace with God.
It may be the very clue as to why so often prayers are not answered no matter how much we plead.
In the passage of Luke 18:9-17, confession
is the evidence of humility and Jesus points out that "this man" went away justified, cleansed, forgiven ...with the weight of unbearable guilt having been removed in a matter of but a few moments!
Around Jesus were leaders of "worship" in the temple and as was normal to Him, He spoke to them in the hearing of the ones who had no authority in the religious circles: the poor, downtrodden folk who longed for peace with God.
Jesus makes a point to focus on the leaders who had developed a pompous, proud attitude of superiority over those who were burdened by their control and who were crushed in many ways under their leadership!
- Worse than that, they had the same attitude of pride
The Lord Jesus had a brief but potent message of condemnation which He publicly made, at the appropriate time when many were listening.
It was however a message of hope and salvation to those who humbly confess their own need for forgiveness of sin.
Listen then to the "good news-bad news" in this parable by Jesus!
"2 men went up to the temple to pray, one, a Pharisee and the other a Tax Collector.
The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other people: robbers, evildoers, adulterers or even like this Tax Collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'
"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up ... but beat his breast and said,
'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'
Then Jesus concludes: "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God.
For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled,
and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
Think carefully on this. Meditate on these "powerfully impacting instructions" by our Lord Jesus Christ!
Jesus' desire is to restore
; to save
; to heal
the broken hearted and He will do that for every one who is humble in heart and finds this rest in Him!
Have you found this rest?
Maybe it's for you that this message comes right now!
The Word Still Speaks!