Jesus told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, `God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, `God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”
From Rev. Rick Putman
“… for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”
The eﬃcacy of prayer has nothing to do with social, political, or ecclesiastical status. Nor does true prayer have anything to do with proper form or correct words. Rather true prayer issues forth from a posture of humility. Such as: Help!; I’m sorry; I can’t do this by myself; give my friend peace; I don’t understand; I’m so hurt and angry…
Actually perfect prayer is to sit completely silent before the Holy…and listen.