Sunday, 19 June 2011

Prayer as a diagnostic tool

This morning we were looking at the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector in Luke 18 and I couldn't help but be struck by the way Jesus uses the men's prayers as a diagnostic tool.  It is their prayers which reveal their hearts.

It is a theme which seems to run through scriptures - we see Paul's heart for the gospel and the church in his letters, many of which contain his prayers for the disciples in a given locale, these prayers are often summaries of his teaching.  His heart is revealed by his prayers.

We see it with Jesus in Gethsemane - the sorrow and burden he feels and yet his hearts desire to obey his Father's will are seen in his prayers.

So what about us?  What does our prayer reveal about our hearts?

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