The Prayer Of A Righteous Person

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Luke 18:13

But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”


In this short story of two men praying, one is a Pharisee, known as a religious man who turned out to be very PROUD of his prayer life. He was great at letting people know how Righteous he was. The other was a tax collector who people hated. He wouldn’t even go into the temple, but would stand outside beating on his chest, begging God for mercy on his wretched soul.


In this story Jesus acknowledged that the lousy tax collector had actually offered “The Prayer Of A Righteous Person!” What was it that impressed Jesus? The same thing that impressed Jesus then is what still impresses Him today. This man cried to God with a “Desperate Honesty.” This kind of desperation gets God’s attention. Nothing has changed today. The cry of a desperately honest man or woman will always be seen by Jesus as “The Prayer Of A Righteous Person.”


Dear Jesus,

I’m much more aware of my sin and failure than I am of any possible righteousness. However, I long to be the man You have in mind for me to be! Please hear my desperate cry this AM! Amen

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