A Tale of Two Prayers

Dear Friends,

A tale of two prayers. The Pharisee prays standing by himself, some write, he prayed about himself or, to himself. Let’s sum it up: “I thank you, God, that there’s nothing wrong with me.” The tax collector stood at a distance. His prayer is seven short words. Let’s sum it up, “God, there’s everything wrong with me. Help me.” Jesus tells us the tax collector went home justified before God, not the Pharisee. The lesson? Like so many in the Bible: God treats us backwards from how the world does.

In the world, those who humble themselves are too often passed over for thanks, promotions or praise, ignored, forgotten, discarded, those who exalt themselves are noticed, praised, remembered, elected to office. But God’s ways are different. God exalts the humble and humbles the proud.

And that is how it ought to be among us, his people, too.

With my love and prayers: Mo. Andi

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