Simple Prayers (2)

In our Bible verses today, we read two simple prayers. One person’s prayer was full of pride. The other person’s prayer was full of humility.
The Phrarisee, a Jewish religious leader, prayed a prayer filled with pride. He said, “O God, I thank you that I am not as bad as other people..I thank you that I am better than this tax collector” (verse 11). Maybe sometimes we think that we are special like this Pharisee. We look at the world and think that we are better than other people because we go to church.
But the tax collector prayed (verse 13b), “O God, have mercy on me. I am a sinner!” This is the kind of simple prayer that God wants us to pray. If we have a humble heart, we will realize that we sin every day and need God’s mercy and forgiveness.
Be aware of the sin in your life. Thank God for the love and mercy He gave to us through Jesus’ sacrifice.