“You Can Tell Alot About a Person…From Their Prayers!”
The Lord Jesus Christ told a stunning parable about a vain man and his prayer:
Luke 18:9-12 (NIV) 9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
What can we tell about this man’s understanding of salvation? How might God react to such incredible hubris (if that’s a weird word to you, it is from the Greek meaning “foolish arrogance”)? Have you considered listening to your own prayers more carefully to see what’s going on in your heart? What was it in this prayer that showed a very false humility?