In the Gospel, Jesus tells the story about two men praying in the temple. One of them was a Pharisee, always looked like he loved God, but on the inside he really only loved himself. The other man was a tax collector. The people in those days hated tax collectors because they took too much money and worked for their enemies.
When the Pharisee was praying, he was really just telling God how much better he was than other people. Do you think that God was pleased with his prayer?
On the other hand, the tax collector was standing far off and prayed to God to have mercy on him. He knew that he was a sinner and that he needed God’s help. Do you think God was pleased with his payer?
When we pray, we must remember that we need God’s mercy. We couldn’t do anything without God. always be humble and remember that we need God.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5)