9.16 Parables on Prayer

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Aug 22 9.16 Jesus told his disciples a parable to teach them persistence in prayer. “A certain city judge neither feared God nor respected man. A widow there kept coming to him, saying, Justify me against my opponent. He refused her plea for a while, but finally thought, Though I dont fear God nor respect man, I will grant her justice, lest her continual coming wears me out.

The Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.  Wont God speedily vindicate His chosen ones who cry to Him day and night? Yes, he will do them justice quickly. But when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

Aug 23 Jesus told this parable to self-righteous people who despised others. “Two men prayed in the temple, one a Pharisee, the other a tax collector. The Pharisee prayed thus: God, I thank you Im not like others: greedy, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice weekly and tithe everything I get. But the tax-man kept afar and wouldnt even raise his head, but beat his chest, saying,      God, have pity on me, a sinner. I tell you, this repentant man, not the other, went home justified. For the proud will be humbled, and the humble will be exalted.1