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Teach Us to Pray - July 2019

Over and over we are admonished in Scripture to think less of ourselves and more of others

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Scripture Reading: Romans 15:1-7

Key Verse: Romans 12:16

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

The New Testament could be summed up in a sentence: God loves us; we are to love one another. Over and over we are admonished to think less of ourselves and more of others. Jesus capped this theme off with “lose our lives, for the sake of the kingdom, and we’ll find real life.” But if we choose to cling to our lives—living self-absorbed—we will end up losing our lives.

In today’s Key Verse, the Apostle Paul reminds us that pride causes disunity, while humility brings harmony. We must be willing to associate with everyone, no matter their social status. We can read, throughout Jesus life, how He practiced this principle. He ignored all the socially correct boundaries of His day and associated with all people. Philippians 2:6-7 sums up Jesus’ core being: “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant being made in human likeness.”

Following Jesus’ example, we ought to stop grasping at “worldly” greatness and care about others more than ourselves. We are to be patient with the failures of those who are weak, and not just please ourselves. Who do you know who has stumbled and needs an encouraging word? Don’t allow the evil one a foothold in your perspective. Don’t look down on or despise those who are making a mess in life. Don’t walk away from those who could use a friendly smile and a friend. God may have you in relationship with them for this very reason!

Father, I want my prayers to be effective. When I get too self-centered, I give you permission to purge that out of my life. In Jesus’ Name, I pray, amen.