The state of your heart and not the eloquence of your words is what touches God. In Luke 18:9-14 one prayer is honored and the other not. The religious figure would seem to be the one God would receive. Certainly, the tax collector would not be received. Tax collectors in this time period were thieves and traitors. They sided with the Romans and robbed their own people (Jews). However, as we see, when a person regardless of their past comes to Jesus with a sincere heart they are received. No matter your past, or even the struggles in your present if you cry out for mercy Jesus will grant you mercy. You will never do anything that a sincere apology to Jesus wont fix.


Luke 18:9-14
9 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 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. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

1 Peter 5:5-7
5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Proverbs 18:16
16 A man’s gift makes room for him,
And brings him before great men.

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