Why I Love to Pray…Sometimes
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt:
1. Prayer reminds me that God is different than I am.
· Are you trusting in Christ alone for your righteousness in justification? How about in sanctification?
· Why is it so easy for people to think that they’ve got a better standing with God because of their talents, efforts, successes, etc.?
· How can somebody be humble in prayer and yet come boldly to the throne of grace? (see Hebrews 4:16)
2. Prayer reminds me that I’m just like everybody else.
· Why is it good to be able to say the same things about yourself that the Pharisee said? What difference does that make in prayer?
· Why is it bad to say what he said about himself in comparing himself with the tax collector?
· What do you notice that is strangely missing from the Pharisee’s prayer?
· Why is it important to remember that we are all sinners even though not all sins are the same?
3. Prayer reminds me that God is for me.
· This story seems to be encouraging us to pray so that God would exalt us. Is it ok to pray in a way with that motive? Or should you always only pray with no benefits in mind for yourself?
· Name the most important thing you learned about prayer from these two stories in Luke 18. What specific changes are you going to make in your prayer life as a result?