Jesus tells a parable about two adult men who are praying—one prays from a stance of self-importance while the other prays helplessly.
Read Luke 18:9-14 A Parable
Immediately, the writer of the Gospel according to Luke goes into a call to be like helpless children.
Read Luke 18:15-17 An Object Lesson
“O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner” is the prayer of a helpless man.
“Anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it” is a reminder that we are to approach God in salvation and in prayer as little children.
• In what ways are little children helpless?
In the season of COVID, we have the opportunity to slay the dragon of prayerlessness by recognizing our helplessness.
God wants us to come to Him empty-handed, weary and heavy- laden. It is the circumstances under which we are weary and heavy-laden that drives us to prayer.
Ole Hallsby on Helplessness in Prayer
Ole Hallsby, a Norwegian Lutheran minister, wrote in 1932 a classic simply entitled Prayer. One section was on “helplessness.”
“Be not anxious because of your helplessness. Above all, do not let it prevent you from praying. Helplessness is the real secret and the impelling power of prayer. You should therefore rather try to thank God for the feeling of helplessness which He has given you. It is one of the greatest gifts