Prayer is saying “Sorry” to God

An EasyEnglish Story Unit (AEE) from our series ‘Prayer is ... ‘

Elaine Young


Prayer is saying “Sorry” to God


Jesus was passing through Jericho.

A man called Zacchaeus was there.

Zacchaeus was a very rich man.

His job was to collect taxes from the people.


Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus.

But Zacchaeus was too small to see over the crowds.

He climbed a tree.

Then he could see Jesus.


Jesus said:

“Come down, Zacchaeus.

I want to come to your house.”


Zacchaeus came down quickly.

He said:

“Please come, Jesus.

I want you to come to my house.”


So Jesus went to Zacchaeus’ house.

Zacchaeus said:

“I will give half of my money to poor people.

I am sorry I have cheated people.

I will pay back four times what I have stolen.”


Jesus said:

“I forgive your sins.”


Zacchaeus showed he was sorry by what he did.

Jesus was glad that Zacchaeus said “Sorry”.

Jesus wants us to say “Sorry” too.

Luke 19:1-10


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April 2007

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