Luke 6:46-49 NRSVue
46“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you? 47I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. 48That one is like a man building a house who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built. 49But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, it quickly collapsed, and great was the ruin of that house.”
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Some thoughts on this scripture
Even as I write /Lord/, I have misgivings. Words come so easily. What you love to see, Lord, is the evidence of love in my life. May I go to you, hear your words, and act on them.
Prayer puts nourishment into the roots of our Christian life. What we say and do for God and in the name of Christ comes from what is inside us. We nourish the gifts of God and the faith we have in prayer, and in doing good. Prayer is one of the foundations of a life of faith; it is a rock which helps us remain constant in times of struggle and temptation.
There are some very realistic and homely sayings from Jesus in his sermon on the mount for today. He stresses that what is on the inside of a person is the source of actions for good or bad. Prayer - even sitting silently before God - is one way of bringing light and sincerity to the motivations of our lives. Nobody can sit sincerely in God's presence - silently or with words - and not change for the better!