“For Whose Sake?”
Mark 12:40: “… who for appearance’s sake offer long prayers; these will receive greater condemnation.” Have you ever heard a prayer that ended, “We pray all this for Jesus’ sake,” but you were thinking it would be more accurate to say, “We pray all this for appearance’s sake”? Yeah, God didn’t hear that one, either. (See Tuesday’s MDR). We know that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8: 1), so it must be that under special circumstances, to the abundantly hypocritical who only pretend to be in Christ Jesus via their lengthy ‘intercessions’, condemnation is merited.