Sinful Prayers and Prayerful Sinners

October 6th, 2016 Posted by Luke, Stephen Bean 0 comments on “Sinful Prayers and Prayerful Sinners”

Stephen Bean

Luke 18:9-14   |   How can anyone have a good relationship with God?  The answer may surprise you.  In this story told by Jesus we see two men with two prayers and two paths to God.  Only one goes to his house right with God.

Luke 18:9-14

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!’ 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.”