Short and Sweet

My friend Jan uses K.I.S.S as a prayer module. It means keep it simply short. I use it this way,

Keep it short and sweet. My model is the parable about the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, found in Luke 18:9-14

 Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector.  The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer. 

 ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’

“But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’  I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

How do you pray? Do you pray? Why not?

Short Prayers – Lord, I love you.  Keep me centered. Open new paths. Encourage my heart. Stand with me. Hold my hand. Keep me safe. Forgive my sin. Help me pray. Show me how. Amen.

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