Scriptures: Luke 18:9-14 &
Hosea 6:1-6
March 14, 2015

But the tax collector stood at a distance.  He wouldn’t even lift his eyes to look toward heaven.  Rather, he struck his chest and said, ‘God, show mercy to me, a sinner.’  Luke 18:13

During the season of Lent we are exploring different ways to pray at our weekly Wednesday night Soup and Study.

Inevitably the question arises, is there a right way to pray.

Both passages of scripture are classic Lenten passages on prayer.  At the core of what Hosea and Luke are teaching us is that yes there is a right way to pray.  Just like there is a right way to have a healthy conversation with someone.  What are your motives in talking to someone?  Do you take time to listen?  Do you talk so that you can pump up your ego and gain the praise of another person?  Do you talk so that you can receive affirmation from the choices you have already made?  Do you do all of the talking?

The same can be asked when we pray.  Are you seeking God’s comfort and challenge?  Or are you telling God what you think God ought to be doing in your life?  Are you taking time to listen?

Prayer:  God I lay my burdens at your feet and take a moment to breathe in your spirit of love and hope, listening for your still small voice … amen.


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