Self vs Self: quick lesson in prayer

Bible Study on Luke 18:9-14

Today at our ‘house church’ we heard a ‘sermon’ on the two stories of prayer… the parable of the ‘prayer of the tax-collector vs the pharisee’. And the text clearly states that the parable was told “to some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else.” (vs.9)

The sermon point was the comparison of the prayer/attitude between the two, where the tax-collector (bad-man) is justified (proved righteous) rather than the phrarisee (good-man).

The tax-collector’s attitude towards God and himself in relation to God is that which must be emulated by us

Thinking beyond, this irony extends to how both the tax-collector and the pharisee are ‘self-centered’; though the tax-collector has viewed his ‘self’ rightly in view of God’s holiness and justice, while the pharisee has viewed his self ‘wrongly’ in view of HIS OWN holiness. Of course it is evident that we must be like the tax-collector, but not so much that his prayer must exactly be ours, not even his admission of sin, but more importantly his attitude towards God and himself in relation to God is that which must be emulated by us.


1 Response to “Self vs Self: quick lesson in prayer”

  1. 1 swetha February 26, 2007 at 9:31 am

    Hey Thats interesting information .
    I did not know it either :)

    Thanks for charing :)
    I was wondering if you do know a scripture to follow/read during these 40 days ? :D

    would be lovely if u can share :)

    Thanks !

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