Devotional Text: Luke 18:9-14
On Christmas Eve, after his absent-minded Uncle Billy misplaces a deposit that today would amount to over $80,000, George Bailey faces possible prison time, because the police will think George embezzled the money. After George considers the value of his life insurance policy, he decides that he’s worth more dead than alive.
In a rage, he leaves his family on Christmas Eve night and goes to a bar and prays a desperate prayer that God would rescue him. He later contemplates ending his life by jumping off a bridge into an icy river.
Now consider the parable that Jesus tells in today’s scripture.
George tells God, “I’m not a praying man.” Like the tax collector in Jesus’ parable, he knows he isn’t worthy of God doing anything for him, but he’s desperate.