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His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. (Hosea 6:3)

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For What We Are About To Receive

Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 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. I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I possess.
(Luke 18:10-12, KJV)
For what we are about to receive, may the Lord make us truly thankful, is a well-known prayer, grace, said before mealtimes. People have blessed their food since Jesus did in Luke 24.30 ďAnd it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.Ē Paul the Apostle did the same thing in Acts 27.35 ĒAnd when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.Ē

Being thankful for the meal on the table is good practice, it shows appreciation for the blessings of work, fresh produce and good health, all from the Lord. Luke chapter 18 and verses 10 to 12, is a parable of Jesus in which he juxtaposes two men with two different kinds of prayers. The first man, a Pharisee, began his prayer with a word of thanks. He is giving thanks to God because he is not like other men, especially not like the publican a mere tax collector, standing next to him. He felt superior, because he was faithful in fasting giving his tithes and offerings.

But when a case has evidence which contains a confession, then itís a watertight outcome. Out of the mouth of the accused is the admittance of guilt, and the punishment is justly applied.

He was doing all these, wonderful things, so he was more righteous. On the other- hand the tax collector, hated by most because of his career path, when he comes to pray, he humbles himself. Not daring to look heavenward but beat upon his chest begged for mercy. He saw his true condition. There is none righteous, no, not one, (Rom 3.12), except the Lord Jesus Christ. It is his spotless robe of righteousness that covers you when you approach The Throne Room of Grace. Covers your naked, miserable and blind condition (Rev.3.18). The Pharisee, saw himself as having the spotless robe, he had overlooked his sin of pride. Coming all puffed up, obeying nine tenths of the law, but forgetting justice and mercy.

So, it is for many today. They look around at their vast achievements, wealth, positions, their charitable deeds and feel a sense of satisfaction. Iím all right Jack, I have done enough to gain access to the kingdom. Little do they realize that like the Pharisee their prayer has gone unanswered. He with so much but was not truly thankful. Jesusí prayer for his disciples encapsulates a prayer of thanksgiving. In his prayer there is an overwhelming sense of gratitude towards the Father. It shows his concerns, love and desire that the Father keeps them in the world, but not of the world. Keep them true and faithful until he returns. Here is a true example of thankfulness. Let it be our pattern also.


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