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    Tuesday April 3

    Luke 18: 9-14 is one of Jesus' parables.  This one discusses prayer and the difference between the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.  I think Jesus shortened this parable, because I am sure the Pharisee was long-winded in his prayer.  The Pharisee aims his topic of prayer on himself.  Describing how is doing the right things and thanking God for not making him like evildoers.  Sad thing is we most likely have compared ourselves with others a time or two.  I am guilty for doing so.  A prayer or a thought, we have fallen into the trap of pride just like the Pharisee.  The tax collector recognizes his faults and knows he can not repay those sins.  Only can he ask for forgiveness and mercy.  In doing so, he sets a perfect example of how to ask for mercy. 

    Matt. 5:7, "Blessed are the merciful, for they are shown mercy." Is there a relation between the two verses?  Yes, the tax collector is a great example of a merciful person.  When you pray, be humble in your thoughts and do let pride get in the way.

    In Brotherly Love,



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