LOOK... and be curious.
WAIT... with prayerful expectation.
Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come.
READ... the text with an open mind.
‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.” But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.’ (Luke 18.10-14)
LISTEN... for a word with a willing heart.
RESPOND... with prayer and action.
Oh merciful God, and full of grace,
as we come into your presence
may we remove, like outdoor clothes
all pretence, all show, all arrogance;
may our inner self be revealed, humble, honest, open
and longing to be changed by Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.