Jesus in Luke 18:1-8; 9-14 teaches about prayer. In the first 8 verses, He teaches we must be persistent in prayer. In verse 9-14, He outlines some other relevant truths on prayer in the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. Below are the insights shared:
1. No one is JUSTIFIED (declared NOT GUILTY/APPROVED) before God by what he has done or high standards of morality.
It is only in Christ that we are JUSTIFIED (qualified). Romans 4:24-25 and 5:1-2. 2 Corinthians 5:21. We must come boldly to God in prayer because we have been justified/approved/ accepted/qualified in Christ. (Hebrews 4:16)
2. There is or should be no PRETENSE in prayer.
Pretense undermines the character of God. It is putting your trust in something which has no value as far as God is concerned.
3. Humility is required in prayer.
Humility means accepting God's position concerning your life. God gives grace to the humble and opposes the proud.
4. God’s throne is a mercy seat and mercy must be pleaded.
To attract God’s mercy in corporate prayer, we must not look down on others.