The Prayer that Changes Us

And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.“The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.‘I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’“But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’“I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”


(A true story from the Word of God, Luke 18:9–14)



  • What did you learn about God or Jesus?

  • What did you learn about people?

  • What did you learn about yourself?


  • What emotions do you pick up in the story?

  • How does this story make you feel?


  • What will you do in response to this story?

  • Are you willing to confess your shortcomings to Jesus and recieve His forgiveness?


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