Prayer 548

The prayer series

Jesus,

You had dinners with sinners.
Thanks to these dinners,
some sinners became righteous,
for example Matthew, your disciple.(1)

Only one righteous person
is enough to save a city.(2)

Our jails are full of sinners.
If we have dinners in jails,
perhaps some sinners will become righteous
and perhaps our country will be saved.

Amen.

PTH

(1) Matthew 9:9-13

9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’[a] For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

(2) Jeremiah 5:1 

“Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem,
look around and consider,
search through her squares.
If you can find but one person
who deals honestly and seeks the truth,
I will forgive this city.

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