Friday, February 15, 2013

One Liners

Everyone loves a good one liner, but what about a prayer one liner?  I was thinking about the tax collector in Luke.  He prayed a simple one-liner, "God, have mercy on me, a sinner."  This simple one-liner pleased God.  He was humble and honest. 
Yesterday I adopted an even shorter one-liner.  "Change me, Lord."   

Early that morning  I decided to use this one-liner to connect with God through out the day.   I  was amazed at how many opportunities I had to utter those words.  I could truly sense God answering my prayer and changing me to be little bit more patient, a little bit more loving,  over all a little bit more like Him.  

Realizing how much change need, my one liner for today remains, "Change me, Lord."
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector  Luke 18:9-14
To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
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.’
14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

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