Also he spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: (Luke 18:9)
Holy Spirit, please help me stop trusting in myself; help me place my whole confidence in Jesus and his righteousness.
Jesus, forgive me for the many times I have held others in contempt. Help truly repent of doing that.
“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. (Luke 18:10)
Father, please help me daily come into your presence to worship you. Let my body be an undefiled temple of your Holy Spirit.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, (Luke 18:11a)
LORD, so often I have “prayed thus with myself” — mistaking my thoughts for prayers to you.
‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men–extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ (Luke 18:11b-12)
Jesus, I am like other men: I have no righteousness of my own except what I receive from your blood shed for me. My sins accuse me daily, but I put my trust in you and your cross and resurrection.
And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ (Luke 18:13)
God, be merciful to me a sinner!
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:14)
Father, help me humble myself in your sight, help me come into your presence to worship you in humility of spirit. Thank you.
A word received: Trust in me and not in yourselves.
A word received: Put me first.
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11),98 * 103; Haggai 1:1-2:9; Acts 18:24-19:7; Luke 10:25-37
Proper 25 Closest to October 26: 84 or 84:1-6; Jeremiah 14:(1-6)7-10,19-22; 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Luke 18:9-14
Monday: 41,52 * 44; Zech. 1:7-17; Rev. 1:4-20; Matt. 12:43-50