Jesus told this parable to show how some people trust their own goodness rather than God from Whom all goodness comes:
And Jesus said:
Two guys went up to the Temple to pray.
One collected and kept all the rules of the law.
The other collected taxes. So the Rule-Keeper
stood by himself and said:
“Thank God, I’m not like the other people in this place!
Thank God, I’m not a thief or a scoundrel, and I don’t
cheat on my wife. And, oh, thank goodness, I’m not
a tax collector like that guy over there! Twice a week,
I fast, and I tithe ten-percent of every last penny.
Meanwhile, in the back of the Temple,
the tax collector stood away from everyone else.
Beating his chest, he said:
“Oh, God, have mercy on me, a sinner!”
And Jesus said:
I tell you, that child of God went home justified. For who
can be made right with God while lifting themselves
But God will exalt anyone who comes humbly in prayer.
Prayer: Dear LORD God, we praise and worship and exalt You, for You alone are holy and not we ourselves. Help us to check our attitudes before we come to You in prayer, bringing You our reverence, respect, and love before we ask anything in Jesus’ Name.
©2013, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phased Luke 18:9-14 from today’s Bible readings
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