The Pharisee did not go to the temple to pray to God but to announce to all within earshot how good he was. The tax collector went recognizing his sin and begging for mercy. Self-righteousness is dangerous. It leads to pride, causes a person to despise others, and prevents him or her from learning anything from God. The tax collector’s prayer should be our prayer, because we all need God’s mercy every day. Don’t let pride in your achievements cut you off from God.
BIBLE READING: Genesis 20:1-18
KEY BIBLE VERSE: “Yes, I know you are innocent,” God replied. “That is why I kept you from sinning against me; I did not let you touch her.” (Genesis 20:6)