The epitome of self-righteousness

Luke Bible Background

04.21.2016 New Testament: Luke 18.10–12

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 18.1–17 on April 21, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

How shall we pray? While we glorify God in prayer, we also pray because we have needs, and we know that God wants to know what we need, although He already knows what we need, but it promotes spiritual health in us to seek those things from Him. Consider then an example of prayer that Jesus shows a bad example in prayer,

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess’” (Luke 18.10–12).

If you were God listening to such a prayer, how would it affect you? How does it affect you even not being God? The man’s self-righteous attitude turns us off. He placed himself above another man, and bragged to God of what a good man he was. God did not justify that man.


  • How do you pray?
  • For what do you pray the most?

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