Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 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. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 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!’ 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. Luke 18:10-14
Humility is in very short supply these days, in an outside the Church.
However, it certainly has its rightful place in prayer.
You see, we are not the “end-all, be-all” when we kneel in prayer. Yes, we are communicating with God, the Sovereign ruler of the Universe. Yes, He is our Father God. Yes, He desires that we communicate with Him daily.
But we come to Him, realizing that we really are but nothing without Him. We deserve nothing. In fact, we deserve punishment were it not for what He provided for us.
And what does the Bible say happens when we come to Him with this kind of humility?
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10
So, let all those ideas of grandeur and pomp at the throne room of God. There’s only one God and none of us are Him.