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"Yet Lackest Thou One Thing," Luke 18:1-30

Luke 18:1-30 (see also Matthew 19:16-26)

This chapter begins with a parable of a widow and an unjust judge. Verse 1 explains that Jesus gave this parable for purpose of teaching "that men ought to pray always, and not to faint." As I read the other vignettes that are recorded subsequently in this chapter, these too also seem to reinforce this account and to help further illustrate the proper way in which to approach prayer.

The publican was justified in his humble prayer. We cannot receive(internalize) the kingdom of  God unless we do it as a little child would. Then the account of the rich ruler illustrates the importance of dependence upon God not worldly goods. "Sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me." The Savior asked him to give up the one thing in which his confidence had been placed, which was keeping him from more fully enjoying the blessings of heaven.

In words I cannot adequately express how much this makes sense to me presently, except for to relate that in recent days, I have experienced what it is to have nothing of material possessions, and yet to know how it is that we can still have joy, both abundantly and profoundly. So I find in these verses also a reason "to pray always, and not to faint."

(Originally published 6/26/12; Revisited 6/12/15 - The Lord has a way of giving me exactly what I need when I need it.)


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