- What does it mean to be “confident in your own righteousness?” (v. 9)
- What are some ways we look down on others (even if we don’t mean to)?
- What were the reputations of both the Pharisee and the tax collector?
- What’s wrong with the Pharisee’s prayer in verses 11-12?
- What’s right with the tax collector’s prayer in verse 13?
- Making room for the self-righteous begins with a prayer like the tax collector’s. What does this look like for you?
There are two people in Jesus’ story: The Pharisee was a lot like a pastor, spending his time praying, worshipping and teaching others about God. The tax collector sometimes cheated people, and often only cared about himself.
- Who do you think the people liked more, the Pharisee or the tax collector?
- Who do you think God liked more? Why?
- What was the difference between their prayers?
- In the end, which man honored God more with his prayer? What reason does Jesus give for this?