Daily Prayer for September 12th, 2021
Good morning, God—thank you!
Self-righteousness gets me nowhere. It is by grace I have was saved through faith. And this is not my doing; it is the gift of you, God, not a result of works, so that I might boast. It is Jesus’ righteous blood that saved me. In Christ’s name. Amen.
The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up 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, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
3 For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.