He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ Luke 18:9-14
Food for Thought
A religious scholar was busy in praying, a person came to seek advice from him, and the scholar replied “come after sometime I am busy in my prayers”. Man came after sometime, he got the same reply. The man comes back third time, the irritated religious scholar said,” I am communicating with God, don’t disturb me again”. The man replied “How can you communicate with God, when you don’t understand how to communicate with his humble creature”. In bible we have studied the difference in Prayers of a Pharisee and a Tax collector, the Pharisee was proud, egotistical and arrogant even in his prayers, while the Tax Collector was humble, regretful and ashamed of his deeds. God wants us to be humble and regretful rather than proud and arrogant like that Pharisee.
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. Romans 12:3
Prayer for Today
Heavenly Father, we thank you that you give us in abundance, still we remain ungrateful and keep on complaining about petty things. Lord, bless us with spirit of humbleness, gratification and thankfulness. We should not be proud and arrogant; rather we should keep thanking you by serving deserving, poor and meek. We beg you to accept our prayer in precious name of Jesus Christ. Amen