Chapter 18:1-17 Having the right attitude

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Chapter 18:1-17 Having the right attitude

1-8 On not giving up…

He told a story to teach that men should always be praying, without giving up, 2saying, “In a city there was a judge who had no fear of God and couldn’t care about anyone. 3There was a widow in that city who came and said to him ‘Give me justice from the unjust’. 4And at first he wasn’t willing to do anything, but then thought, ‘I don’t fear God or care about anyone, 5but as she is disturbing me, I will give her justice, or she will never give me any peace’.” 6Then the Lord said, “Learn from what was said by the judger of the unjust man. 7Don’t you think that God will give justice to His chosen ones who He has great feeling for, who have been crying out for it day and night? 8I tell you that He will give them justice swiftly. But more, when the Son of man comes back, will He find anyone on the earth who still believes?”

9-14 Religiosity is the wrong attitude…

9He told this meaningful story who thought that they were good enough to save themselves and looked down on others. 

10“Two men went up to the temple to pray. One was a religious leader and the other one was a tax collector. 11The religious leader stood up and talking to himself said, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other humans, doing anything and everything to get money from people. I am not unjust, or sleep with married women, or act like this tax collector here. 12Two times a week religiously, I stop eating and I pay my ten percent religious tax on everything.’ 13But the tax collector standing at a distance would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his chest saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner.’ 14I tell you, when this man stepped down to go home he was forgiven and not the other one. Anyone who puffs himself up will be brought down but anyone who humbles himself will be lifted up”.

15-17 Humility is the right attitude…

15They brought babies for Him to touch, but the disciples told them off. 16But Jesus said to His disciples, 

“Let the little boys and girls come to me. Don’t forbid them. The Kingdom of God belongs to those just like them. 17I am really saying this to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.

—-Summary

Luke 18:17 Whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.

  • Today’s Verse… Who is Jesus? 

Luke 18:8 When the Son of man comes back, will He find anyone on the earth who still believes?”

  • Today’s Challenge

Luke 18:13 But the tax collector standing at a distance would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his chest saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner.’ 14I tell you, when this man stepped down to go home he was forgiven and not the other one. Anyone who puffs himself up will be brought down but anyone who humbles himself will be lifted up”.

Prayer, Praise and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

Pray along with this hymn…May the mind of Christ my Saviour live in me…

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