For the first day of this challenge, I knew exactly what quote I would do, since I knew what my favorite quote of all time was. But today it has taken a little bit more choosing, because there are a lot of awesome quotes out there.
I am going to go with this one by John Bunyan:
“When you pray, rather let your heart be without words than your words without heart.” –John Bunyan
Sometimes we get super busy. Okay, not sometimes, most of the time we are super busy. And often prayer is just one more thing on our to-do list. I can just become some words we say before eating our food. We can begin to feel like prayer is just us trying to justify ourselves before God so that we make ourselves feel better. Or prayer can be something you just do to impress people in Christian circles to make yourself look more “religious”.
These kinds of prayers, these prayers intended to make us feel better, are empty. I would so much rather that my tongue was empty of words if my heart were simply filled with gratitude.
The contrast between the God-pleasing prayer of gratitude and/or remorse versus the man-pleasing prayer of pride or justification is wonderfully illustrated in Luke 18:10-13:
“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’”
All the remorseful tax collector could say was “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!”. Jesus goes on to say of these two men:
“I tell you, this man [that is the tax collector] went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” -Luke 18:14
Oh Lord, I pray, let my heart rather be without words than my words without heart!!
Having nominated one person on day 1, I decided to nominate two people on day 2, and so on.
Now, I would like to nominate these two people:
Here are the rules:
Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
For 3 days, provide a quote each day and why you like or chose that quote.
Nominate one or more bloggers each of the three days for the Challenge and then send them a comment letting them know they have been nominated.
(When you receive a nomination, if you’re too busy, you can do it later if need be.)
Have a wonderful day!
“Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty,
but humility comes before honor.” -Proverbs 18:12
All Scripture Quotes are from the ESV translation