1. Pharisees * Revered leaders amongst the Jewish people * Strict observers of the Jewish laws and traditions * "trusted in themselves that they were righteous" * Matthew 23:1-12
2. Tax collectors * Employed by Romans * Despised by the Jews * Matthew 9:9-13
3. Prayer * Who were these men praying to? * What attitude did they have? * What did their prayers achieve?
4. How do we pray humbly? * Remember YOU are a sinner * Remember WHO you are praying to * Remember WHY you can come before God in prayer * When God answers prayer give HIM the glory - not yourself * "everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbled himself will be exalted" (Luke 9:14)