9 耶穌向那些仗著自己是義人，藐視別人的，設一個比喻， 10 說：「有兩個人上殿裏去禱告：一個是法利賽人，一個是稅吏。 11 法利賽人站著，自言自語地禱告說：『 神啊，我感謝你，我不像別人勒索、不義、姦淫，也不像這個稅吏。』 12 我一個禮拜禁食兩次，凡我所得的都捐上十分之一。』 13 那稅吏遠遠地站著，連舉目望天也不敢，只捶著胸說：『 神啊，開恩可憐我這個罪人！』 14 我告訴你們，這人回家去比那人倒算為義了；因為，凡自高的，必降為卑；自卑的，必升為高。」
9To 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. 11The 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. 12I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.' 13"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.' 14"I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
- This Pharisee went to the temple not to pray to God but to show off his own good conduct. On the other hand, the tax collector went to confess and to ask for mercy. Which person’s prayer is more like my prayer?
- Repentance does not happen on our own. It is a gift from God and He delights to give to all who ask. We pray this sinner’s prayer constantly to ask for the grace of repentance. This is the prayer of tears. It will lead us to receive God’s gift of forgiveness, cleansing and healing.
- The sinner’s prayer “Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner.” This is the second short prayer of the five that we’ve been practicing (p2). In my regular practicing of this prayer, what have I experienced?
- To conclude the QT today, pray this short prayer repeatedly. Practice to pray this prayer often for a spirit of repentance in my heart.
Compare the attitude of the Pharisee with the attitude of the tax collector? Why did God accept the “bad” tax collector rather than the “good” Pharisee? How would people in your church classify your family? How would Jesus classify you?