“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Luke 18:14).
Scripture: Luke 18:9-14
Song: Search Me
During a heated argument, Harry bet his brother Jack that he couldn’t repeat the Lord’s Prayer. With $100 hanging in the balance, Jack took a deep breath and timidly began, “Now I lay me down to sleep . . . ”
“OK, you win,” Harry said, tossing a hundred dollars on the table. “But I’m shocked that you knew it.”
These two could stand a lesson or two on prayer! But do you want to learn about prayer? Jesus proposes a stunning teacher: not a noted religious leader, but a sinful tax collector. As Jesus told it, two men went into the temple to pray. One man bragged about his adherence to religious law and couldn’t stop telling God how good he was. The other man prayed about his sin with a broken heart. Guess which man went home forgiven.
As you read our Bible passage today, did you notice how many times the Pharisee spoke of himself—his good deeds and religious acts? Do you see the contrast of the humbled tax collector who understood his need before God? Which will be your model and mine, as we seek to grow deeper in prayer?
Lord, I am humbled that I, a sinful man, can come into Your presence, through the power and blood of Jesus Christ. My sin is always before me—but how precious is the saving forgiveness You provide! Through Christ, amen.— Scripture: Luke 18:9-14