Being Recognized – Prayer XI

Luke 14:7-14New International Version (NIV)

When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Lord Jesus, You advised people not to rush for the best places at a feast. People today are just as eager to raise their social status whether by being with the right people, dressing for success or driving the right car. But in Your kingdom, sincere is more important than status. The question is whom we are trying to impress?

Lord, empty my mind and heart of any desire to be recognized or honored for selfish reasons. Let any desire for honor be directed towards who You are and the wonders You do. Because I am naturally prideful as all men are, the struggle for humility is real; but by Your grace I know I can exercise true humility by realizing my sinfulness and understanding my limitations in the light of Your holiness and greatness, Amen.



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