Also he spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘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 18:9-12)
Lord Jesus, thank you for having mercy on me; for I am a sinful man. Thank you for shedding your blood to cover my sins.
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)
Holy Spirit, bring to the humility of this tax collector. 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, thank you for sending your son Jesus to take my sins upon him on the cross.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
Jesus, please give me strength to endure so that I may finish the race you have set before me. Thank you for all that you went through, Jesus, so that I can hope for your holiness in my life.
A word received: You are in my hand.
A word received: Give me your pain and your suffering.
Ash Wednesday: 95* & 32, 143 * 102, 130; Amos 5:6-15: Heb. 12:1-14: Luke 18:9-14
Thursday: 37:1-18 * 37:19-42; Hab. 3:1-10(11-15)16-18: Phil. 3:12-21: John 17:1-8