In this passage, we have a glimpse of what it looks like to rely on the mercy and compassion of God in a humble manner. This man — a tax collector — acknowledges that he is a sinner and approaches God with that fact in mind. He truly believes that he is not even worthy to talk to God, but he does so in humility because he knows that he is in desperate need of the grace of God.
How do you normally approach God in your prayer time? Is it casual? Is it formal? Is it focused? Is it prideful? Many times I am convicted of how prideful I approach my conversations with God. At times it feels like I’m expecting something from God. “I’m one of His children,” I think, “Of course He will give me what I want. I have a right.” This is deception at its finest.
Many times we buy into the “Jesus wants to be my best friend!” mentality. I agree that the Lord loves us so much that He wants to have a bond that is similar to a close friendship. However, sometimes we need to take a step back and realize who it is that we’re talking to.
Isaiah 40:28 says, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.” We are speaking to the Creator of every living thing in the universe. He is unlike no other. This same Creator has seen our sin and has sacrificed His son so that we may live forever with Him. I don’t know about you, but that simple truth makes me look at my prayer life differently. My challenge to you is to approach God in humility. Realize how great He is and how much you are reliant on His wonderful grace.
Today in Prayer
- Pray for our Deacons
– Mike and Debbie Haas
– Donnie and Julie Groff
– Randy and Teresa Ballard
– Eric and Brandi Henry
– Paul and Holly Walters
– Matt and Kylie Holt
– Mike and Heidi Skinner
- Their personal health – spiritual, emotional, physical and financial.
- Their marriages. Their children.
- That they would have compassion for others. For the management of their time and ministry.
- Authenticity, courage and spiritual discernment among those they serve.
- Strength and stamina as they assist with many of the physical needs of the body.
- That they would be godly examples of discipleship and followship of God’s Spirit and God’s Word.
- Pray that C2, personally and corporately, would be more aware of God working in our lives and to be aware of opportunities to be used by Him. Pray that God will make us dangerous. Pray for opportunities to be still in His presence.
- Pray that within C2, personally and corporately, prayer would become the default activity of our church; that we can’t wait to pray. That we’re not afraid to pray with each other or out loud. That our prayers become filled with praises and adoration and not just “needs”. Pray to see the power of prayer work among the body of Crossroads.
- That C2, personally and corporately, would come to realize the joy of OUR salvation; letting the joy of the Lord be our strength. That we experience God in ways that grow our faith and our passion for Him. Praying for revival in every aspect of our body.