Thursday, May 17, 2018

Needy people

(The Lord) will turn his attention to the prayers of those who have been abandoned. He will not despise their prayers. ~ Psalm 102:17 (GW)

"But the tax collector was standing at a distance. He wouldn’t even look up to heaven. Instead, he became very upset, and he said, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’

"I can guarantee that this tax collector went home with God’s approval..." ~ Luke 18:13-14a (GW)

KEY IDEA:
The Lord listens to those who acknowledge their neediness.
PRAYER:
Lord, thank you for listening to my cries for help. They are usually pretty genuine but at times I can be manipulative. I try to appear pious when I'm really the worst sinner. Help me to acknowledge what I know to be true deep inside me. I'm going to depend on your mercy rather than my ability to be a good actor. Amen.