Union Ridge Church


Friday, March 19, 2021

by Reverend Dan on March 19, 2021

“Judge not, lest ye be judged.”

                                    Matthew 7:1

 

Come on preacher, give us a break.

 

Nope. Too important a topic.

 

I’ve noticed another connection and correlation judgment has. It’s to prayer.

 

Here’s what I mean. You can’t pray for someone you judge because you’re actually not for them. Sure, you can pray about them, but when you do that your prayer isn’t grounded in humility. Or grace. Or love. Or mercy. Or forgiveness. Or a sense of being a Christian.

 

It’s more likely grounded in anger or arrogance or superiority. But I promise you it’s not grounded in any of the fruit of the Spirit that a Christian is supposed to possess and display.

 

I’m not sure we can ever truly pray for someone we’re judging, at least in the way God wants us to pray. It negates the integrity and sincerity of the prayer.

 

“Lord, they are stupid, ignorant people who are getting on my nerves so give them what they deserve” is not a prayer. It’s like when that Pharisee and Publican went up to the temple to pray. (Give Luke 18:10-13 a read – it’s illuminating.)

 

“Well, preacher, we sure do thank you for reminding us about judging others.” Hold on there. Still not done. One more to go . . .

 

Eternal God open our eyes to the true meaning and purpose of prayer so that every time we pray we honor You . In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

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