“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
Blessed be God, that we have this short prayer upon record, as an answered prayer; and that we are sure that he who prayed it, went to his house justified; for so shall we be, if we pray it, as he did, through Jesus Christ.
He owned himself a sinner by nature, by practice, guilty before God. He had no dependence but upon the mercy of God; upon that alone he relied.
And God’s glory is to resist the proud, and give grace to the humble. Justification is of God in Christ; therefore the self-condemned, and not the self-righteous, are justified before God. -MH
“Nothing more honors God’s sovereignty than prayer.” – I.H
23 …When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them,… Acts 4:23-24 (ESV)
25 Our father David was Your servant. With the help of the Holy Spirit he said:
‘Why are the nations so angry?
Why are the people making useless plans?
26 The kings of the earth prepare to fight.
Their leaders make plans together
against the Lord
and against His Christ.’
27 These things really happened when Herod, Pontius Pilate, the non-Jewish people, and the Jewish people all came together against Jesus here in Jerusalem. Jesus is Your holy Servant. He is the One You made to be the Christ. 28 These people made Your plan happen; it happened because of Your power and Your will. Acts 4:25-28(ICB)
29 …And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to Your servants to continue to speak Your word with all boldness,… Acts 4:29 (ESV)
“They do not pray, Lord let us go away from our work, now that it is become dangerous, but, Lord, give us thy grace to go on steadfastly in our work, and not to fear the face of man.” MH
Response-So thankful to know God and understand that this world is turning at His command and that nothing is out of control. He has a purpose and a plan. There is meaning for those in Christ.
Verse-Generations come and generations go but the earth remains forever. Ecclesiastes 1:4 (Psalm 104:5 ; 119:90)
Prayer- RRH, Mr.R and A, A, JALA, Beam, Kai, Aubry, Sam, Owen, Lucy, Noelle, Hannah, Lance, Mommy, BBC, Homeschooling, WFHS,160L, Wisdom,Matt, Ron, Kyle, 55PTL, S and C, Wright, Cody, USA, The Church Worldwide, Ms.R+, Ms.A&P, Ms.W, Jalena, Janell, A and R
Sing Hallelujah, Praise to Jehovah, Worship the God Of Abraham.