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Jesus’ parable on prayer attitudes

Jesus told this parable to show how some people trust their own goodness rather than God from Whom all goodness comes: And Jesus said: Two guys went up to the Temple to pray. One collected and kept all the rules of the law. The other collected taxes. So the Rule-Keeper stood by himself and said: “Thank God, I’m not like the other people in this place! Thank God, I’m not a thief or a scoundrel, and I don’t cheat on my wife. And, oh, thank goodness, I’m not a tax collector like that guy over there! Twice a week, I fast, and I tithe ten-percent of every last penny. Meanwhile, in the back of the Temple, the tax collector stood away from everyone else. Beating his chest, he said: “Oh, God, have mercy on me, a sinner!” And Jesus said: I tell you, that child of God went home justified. For who can be made right with God while lifting themselves above God? But God will exalt anyone who comes humbly in prayer. Prayer: Dear LORD God, we praise and worship and exalt

Jesus’ parable on persistent prayer

Jesus told the parable of the widow and the unjust judge to show how we need to keep on and on, praying and believing in God. Once upon a town there lived a judge who gave God no respect and did not care for people. Once upon that same town lived a widow who kept on and on, coming to the judge to make things right between her and an enemy. At first, the judge did nothing to help, but when the woman kept on coming he thought about it again and said, “Even though I don’t fear God or care about people, maybe I’d better give this person what’s right and just – just to get her to stop pestering me!” And Jesus went on to say: Listen! God will always give what’s right to people who cry to Him day and night! So, no, God won’t be too slow. I tell you, God hurries to help you who believe and yet…. When the Son of Man comes again, will He find faith on the earth? Thought: That last verse has seemed to me to be the most chilling in the Bible: “When the Son of Man comes, w