of September 2006
the name of Jesus Christ
The Bible tells us about two people who came to the temple to pray.
Both of them came, because of their own desire to pray, they got up
in the morning to get ready to go to the temple and on the altar,
both of them were standing with respect, ready to pray in the presence
of God, but the only thing that make them different from one another
was their prayer.
The first one in his prayer was boasting in his righteousness and
judged the other person and other people also, but the other one,
the Bible tells us, stands from a distance, he couldn't lift up his
eyes to the heavens; he considered himself not worthy to lift his
eyes to the throne, in fact he started to hit his chest and said,
" Oh God, have mercy on me sinner. (Lukas 18:10-14). The Lord
Jesus Christ has given us this parable to teach us how to be humble,
even in our prayer. And the breaking of ourselves and our pride will
lift us to a level, where God wants us to be.
God loves the humble and rejects the haughty ones, those who exalt
themselves, and he puts them down and doesn't turn to their prayers.
the disciples asked the Lord Jesus, ....Oh, Lord, teach us how to
pray. (Luk 11:1) So he gave them the Lord's prayer and every word
of it contains many deep spiritual meanings, not just to repeat this
prayer, but to work with it spiritually, because he said in Matthew
6:7 And in praying use not vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do:
for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
And today, I ask you, dear reader, how is your prayer? Is it like
the first person or the other one? Only you are the one, who can answer
Lord be with you. es