by Kimberly B. Southall
It is very important to do your best to follow God's commands,
right? Yes, of course it is. And it is very important to pray, right? Yes,
of course it is. But we must be very careful that we don't become so full
of pride in ourselves that we foolishly combine the two things in an extreme,
like the following parable which Jesus taught:
You see, God does, indeed, want us to live according to His Word and commandments. And He does, indeed, want us to pray to Him. However, our attitude about ourselves and how we pray is of utmost importance. If we think more of ourselves than other people, then our prayers are empty ones. And eventually, God will see that we are humbled, one way or another. How much better it is when we have the attitude like the tax collector who realized that he was a sinner and needed God's mercy. God's Word tells us that when we have that sort of attitude, then we will be exalted! So, remember when you think of yourself and others and when you pray, it's all in the attitude.
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