New Testament: Matt 23.14
To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 23.1–22 on February 4, In the year of our Lord Christ 2023
By Don Ruhl
The Lord wants to hear prayer, even long prayer, but not as a coverup for one’s sin. Therefore, he denounced the Pharisees, who did this very thing:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.”
– Matthew 23.14
If you were God, and you heard the Pharisees praying to you, just after they had devoured a widow’s house, would you be impressed with the prayer? No, you would be angry, and you would demand that the Pharisee treat others well.
- How do you treat all people?
- Have you ever prayed for a long time?
- What is a long time to you?
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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon.
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