Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | December 11, 2015

December 11, 2015 “Skim Milk Spirituality”

‘Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayer’ (Matthew 23:14) 

Good Morning Friends!

If your home has been anything like ours this past month, there is likely more of you now than there was before Thanksgiving day and the beginning of the holiday season. there are parties, receptions, fellowship gatherings, all laden with good cheer and good food! The glow of the good cheer remains., as do the calories of the good food. Soon, all of the diet commercials will begin! It’s a little amusing to me to sit down to a nice piece of pumpkin pie topped with fresh whipped cream and then finish it off with a glass of skim milk! That seems just a little incongruous to me.

In Jesus’ day, as is true today, there were those who delighted themselves in what, for all appearances, was spiritual prosperity, yet their lives were not reflective of their assumed spirituality. Jesus condemned the scribes and pharisees for making a show of long, pious prayer while doing nothing helpful for the poorest among them…and in many cases, quite the contrary. Praying to impress God does not accomplish its intention. God is not impressed by a show of piousness. he can see right through it. Henry Ward Beecher put it well when he said, ”

“It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.”

The way a person lives reflects true prayer. If you live a “skim milk” spirituality, “cream laden” prayers won’t get you very far. Live as you pray. pray those rich prayers, and then live as if you meant it when you prayed. You’ll be pleasing God and blessing others as you do. Let’s pray!

Gracious Lord; May our rich prayers be reflected in rich lives of servanthood, pleasing to You and a blessing to all around us. Keep us in Your gracious care this day, and fill us with the love of Christ. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!



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