ONE SUMMER I had the privilege of hearing a concert on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C.
The orchestra was performing the 1812 Overture. At one point in it there was cannon fire. The cannons didn't try to hit anything; they just fired "for effect." It added drama and excitement to the overture.
I recall my days in the Marine Corps during WWII as a forward observer in an artillery unit. One of the pieces would fire a round, and I would observe where it landed in relationship to the target. I would then radio a message to raise or lower, go right or left. They would fire another round, and I would give new instructions. Finally, I would give the final instructions and call on them to fire "for effect." So it is in the parable of Jesus. The Pharisee was merely praying "for effect," as a means to impress. Jesus said, "He prayed thus with himself."
The publican, on the other hand, did business with God. He prayed for effect, to accomplish something. This is the kind of prayer we should offer to God.(LeRoy Eims)
KneEmail: "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective" (James 5:16). Bible reading for 03.10.09: Mark 12:1-27; Deuteronomy 11-13