Read: Tuesday Luke 18v9–14
To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
“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.”
Meditate: You’ve worked hard all your life. You’ve always played by the rules. Never cheated on your taxes. Never even dreamed of running off with someone else’s wife. If the law says fast, you fast. If it says pray, you pray. So you know when you go the the Temple to say your prayers, you’re in the clear. God is going to be very pleased that you’re there. You’ve justified yourself.
But Jesus was constantly forcing people to see everything differently. Prayer is about loving God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and your neighbor as yourself, not calculating whether you’ve done everything just right and feeling smug because your neighbor hasn’t managed so well.
So how are you going to pray?
Pray: Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God : have mercy on me, a sinner.
Engage: Spend the evening with people you love