“Two Men Went Up into the Temple to Pray”

Is God Hearing Your Prayers? Is Your Heart Posture as the Man Whose Prayer the LORD Says He hearts? “Be merciful to me Lord, a sinner.” (Luke 18:9-14)


Ones Prayer Was Answered and the Other Was Not Answered

We must be honest with God about our own weaknesses and sin. Isn’t this exactly what the justified man did in Jesus’ parable of the 2 men who went up to pray? (Luke 8:15; 18:9-14; Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:6-10) 

—- ARE YOUR PRAYERS BEING ANSWERED OR NOT? WHY? Here is an education in answered prayer … ANY and ALL attitudes of self-righteousness are fully and completely unfounded as the person that allows such diabolical cancer denies his/her own evil, sinful, abominable violations of the holy Law of the Almighty. Such a person is in desperate need of repentance before it’s too late. God will accept no such person into His eternal kingdom as is fully evident in Christ’s severe rebukes to the hell bound self-righteous and false leaders of His day. Memorize Romans 7:18 and Titus 3:5-6. Reading Matthew 23 would be a great place to begin this education. … Which one of these two men represent your current disposition of heart?

“We are all blind beggars! Some know it. Some don’t.” Travis Bryan III

Why was one of these two men’s prayers answered and the others not answered?

The following teaching from the Son of God and is of extreme importance as pertaining to the disposition of the one who will truly follow Christ. Also, the key to answered prayer is held in this parable in divine instruction.  This parable needs very little explanation. Read this prayerfully:

Luke 18

9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”

May the LORD grant each of us the same humble, broken, desperate-for-Jesus disposition of the man who hung his head in prayer, crying out “Be merciful to me Lord, a sinner.” (Luke 18:10-14) We need Jesus! There is “NO GOOD THING” in any of us – except Christ Himself (Romans 7:18, 24, etc.). May God have mercy on me … and on you … to be blessed with a truly Christ-like heart/disposition/attitude.

“Blessed are the poor (desperate for Jesus) in spirit: for THEIRS is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

We ALL need God’s present grace and mercy desperately because we have ALL sinned against our Maker who is the Judge of our eternal souls (Romans 3:10, 23; 1 John 1:6-2:2, etc.). The Father sent His only begotten Son for the very purpose of forgiving us – if we will simply come to Him, repent, and receive Christ into our lives/hearts (John 3) … Does God Really Reject Prayers? If So, Why?

God honors deep humility and He dishonors and resists those who are proud in heart.

We must be possessed by this same heart posture, crying out to Jesus and depending fully on His saving grace and mercy.

“Without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5

A revelation of the true doctrine of fallen man is and essential component that is grossly missing from the modern church. Also, learning the Word of God concerning the truth that He is “Holy, holy, holy,” is essential to a sound foundation (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8).

Like the Pharisees of Christ’s day, the self-righteous in our day just don’t get it!!! … Jesus says, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10) Self-righteous pharisees just don’t get this. They have no heart to consider that Jesus came to die for these and all sinners, beginning with their own most evil hearted self. Even the very worse kind – the modern self-righteous devils whom He said would be the very first ones in hell unless they repent (Matthew 21:31).

Christ made sure we know that the whores will be in Heaven before the religious, self-righteous.

“Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.” Matthew 21:31

Jesus told us that the Father sent Him not to condemn but to save – to rescue – sinners (Luke 9:56; John 3:17).

Compare: David and Saul, the 2 men who went up to pray, the 2 thieves on the cross, and Peter and Judas. What was the difference? The willing obedience to repent. They all sinned but only 1 of each pair listed repented. Godly men are honest, repentant, and fall upon the mercy of God through Jesus Christ in full, open confession of any transgression committed!

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