“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Luke 18:14).
Not getting an answer to prayers fast enough? Feel like God isn’t there? Cut out all the “What if’s” and stop making excuses. No more waiting on the sidelines; there’s no middle ground between heaven and hell. God lead me to the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. Approach the throne with humility and thanksgiving. It’s a powerful prayer to ask, “God, how can I change?”
To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “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.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Luke 18:9-14).
The sinful woman with the alabaster jar showed humility. Jesus demonstrated humility in his prayer to the Father in Garden of Gethsemane. Paul reiterated humility when he wrote to the Philippians to present their requests, no matter the situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, to God. Humility goes against our natural inclinations to be right, to be in charge, and to come first. Humility can even challenge our sense of justice. But humility is not a sign of weakness. Instead, humility is the source of our power in Christ. “God, how can I change?”, is a precursor to: “Thy will be done.” No wonder the devil dislikes it so. The Law and the Prophets rests on love, and there’s no place for pride in love. Pride seeks how others can change, but humility seeks how can I change. So, I find God speaking to my heart. Come before him, in humility, with my prayers and petitions.
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Finally, I want to share a clip from Fox & Friends aired Monday morning. Attorney and writer Joshua Rogers shares a beautiful story about family, love, and faith, in which he asked, “God, how can I change?” Op-ed: What happened when my daughter saw me kiss my wife