Jesus loves the humble. He addressed this parable to "those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else." He describes how two men went to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee is proud of all he is doing; the tax collector on the other hand stayed at a distance. His humble prayer was "O God, be merciful to me a sinner." And Jesus tells us that it was the humble tax collector who went home justified.
Jesus told us to learn that He is meek and humble of heart and we are called to be like Jesus. Am I humble when I go to pray? Or do I think well of myself? It is the humble prayer that pierces the clouds.
Let us pray for humility.