Nothing dispels a religious crowd more quickly than a message about prayer or money. Both testify of a person's dependance upon and trust in our Heavenly Father.
Jesus' sample prayer includes a recognition of man's dependance upon the Father for daily needs, "Give us this day our daily bread" (Mt. 6:11). It is on the foundation of man's dependance on our Heavenly Father that Jesus teaches the following truths about investments and the heart:
Possessions possess the hearts of the hands that hold them. Prayer and dependance upon the Father are the weapons that fight against sticky fingers and sticky hearts.
How do the two men in Jesus' illustration regarding prayer differ in their view of prayer, God, and themselves? What does this reveal about authenticity and the Gospel message?
Jesus uses a number of contrasts throughout His teachings. What contrasts are evident in today's reading? What does this reveal about effective teaching?
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The 365 Daily Devotion, written by Iva May, is a brief devotion drawn from the day’s reading of the One Year® Chronological Bible delivered to your email. Each daily devotion concludes with several questions that strengthen reading engagement.