READ : Luke 18:9-14
“God be merciful to me a sinner” (v. 13).
Jesus did not seem to honor long self-centered prayers. He told a parable of the Pharisee who talked much of himself in contrast to the sinner whose prayer consisted of seven short words: “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” To know we need nothing but a repentant heart is liberating.
When I read the prayers of the great saints I marvel at their thoughts. They seem to possess the precise phrases for worship. The prayer books and hymns of the Church also express praises so well. Then I sometimes feel very inadequate when I hear these beautiful prayers. I wish I could offer such wonderful utterances to God.
But we must focus on the words rather than the spirit with which an individual comes to the Lord. There is an example of an answered prayer of just a few words. Not all of us are gifted with the ability to speak, but we can each repent and believe God for His answers!
We trust the prayer nuggets for this month will encourage you in your life of prayer. Let’s remember that all of us can seek God and be assured that He will answer. God’s blessings on each of us as we pray!
“Just as I am, without one plea, But that thy blood was shed for me, And that thou bidd’st me come to thee, O Lamb of God, I come, I come!” In Jesus’ name. Amen.