Jesus told a parable once to a group of people “who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt,” and it had to do with prayer.
It went like this, “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 18:9-13)
Thankfully Jesus didn’t stop there and went on to teach us the moral of the story. He said, “I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 9:14)
Here’s the lesson; if you want God to listen to you, you’d better be humble.
God can’t stand arrogant people, especially in prayer. Time and time again, in the scriptures, he brings low those who elevate themselves.
Want to know a secret? God doesn’t really care about your achievements and accolades. Isaiah 64:6 says, “When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags.”
However, God loves it when we’re humble in our prayer. When we don’t try to elevate ourselves above others.
In fact, he says, “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.” (Isaiah 66:2)
The question you have to ask yourself every time you pray is, “Am I going to be the Pharisee or the Tax Collector today.” Choose wisely. One receives God’s judgment, and one receives God’s favor.
Day 19 Payer Verse:
“These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.” (Isaiah 66:2)
Day 19 Prayers:
- Pray with humility today. Recognize how unworthy you really are to receive God’s grace.
- Pray for other people today. Someone you wouldn’t usually pray for. Instead of elevating yourself, elevate them.
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