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Jesus Taught How To Pray

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Luke 18:9-14 KJV
(9) And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
(10) Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
(11) The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
(12) I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
(13) And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
(14) I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Jesus taught the Lordís Prayer in Matthew 6 even instructing the attitude on how to pray. This passage in Luke emphasis what is taught in Matthew on how to pray. Several things to do is not exalt oneself in prayer, or glorify oneself before God with saying I do not do anything evil attitude. The fact is our imperfection speaks the need of God. The inability to change or to be perfect in everything is only a cry of saying I need my human brothers and sisters of this world and at the most I need the Lord in my life. Nothing wrong with having the need of God in oneís life. Nothing wrong with admittance of one can not accomplish somethings without an act of God in oneís life. Jesus taught to walk humbly before the Lord and to be humble in prayer. Jesus in his weakest hour of temptation of saying Lord remove this cup from me, was only example of Christís own need of the Father. Yet Him being God showing us the open humility and humbleness of going to the cross. Not exaltation but humility and shame of not his sin, but the sin of the world. God did not make us perfect. He did so for a reason, so we would not be like him. After all did not God say let us cast Adam and Eve out of garden before they eat from the tree of life. Had Satan eaten from that tree and now was eating fruit of good and evil. Something to think on. Had we got cast out with the devil, with God knowing we did not belong with the devil so that devil could not have power in heaven. Christ defeated Old Satan when He arose from the grave. He might of face death, but death was eternal, as life was eternal.

Our humility before the Lord is demonstration of our weakness, but also our ability to declare our inequality with God. Our inequality is an important part of friendship with God. The authoritative parent is interesting. As long as your parents are able to still learn and function without the need of the child or children, they have years of experience the child does not have. God is ancient. Though parents often try their best to friends and not the authoritative parent from even early childhood, the authoritative parent still comes out especially when a child misbehaves, or needs instruction. It is the superiority complex. The Pharisee praying in the city street is much like that authoritative parent. Not seeing his wrong but only the wrong of others. God repented at the time of the great flood that he made man. Then God repented of flood in the sense he promised never to destroy the whole earth by water again. God humility, seems like how can that be if God is perfect. The evilness of God destroy is not the same as the evilness of Satan. Satan laughs at evil and the evilness of God. God only use evil to correct the mistakes of man. If God is good, he is not evil, but it does not mean he does not use evil for good. The Pharisee is like the old devil, saying I am Jew I am one of Godís chosen, it be so, but it does not mean you do not need God. If your ancestry saved you, why be evil? If faith is what saved you then repentance and humbleness before God was necessary. Jews might be called to be a Holy people but so is the rest of the world, they just did not hear the way Abraham first heard it.

The first act of prayer is humbleness. The first act of prayer is I not I deserve it, but because of who you are Lord, I stand in the need of prayer. Are you standing in the need of help from God today. Then first get down off the pedestal of life and come and bow in humbleness before the Lord. Not in crowd where the world can hear you, but where you are in the small corner of the room or world and pray. Fact is if you think you are perfect you do not need God. God will bring the person who is self righteous down to size. Every knee will bow and say Jesus Christ Is Lord to glory of God the Father.

Dear Heavenly Father has we come humbly to you knowing our need to have you in our life, because of who you are. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:

James 2:1-5 KJV
(1) My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
(2) For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
(3) And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
(4) Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
(5) Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

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