"The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men--robbers, evildoers, adulterers--or even like this tax collector.'" NIV
"The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican." KJV
Thank You, Lord, for letting me rise above the evil desires of evil men. Wait! I have not risen above evil deeds. I am fully capable of any sin, at any time or place. Thank You, Lord, for removing from me the desire to sin. Oh, wait! I find that I still have within me the full ability to be tempted with subtle desires of this world. Thank You, Lord, for the presence of Your Holy Spirit, who provides me with shelter and strength to overcome any evil and allows me to stay nestled in the palm of Your hand. Yes, Lord, for that I am thankful.
Heavenly Father, forgive me when I feel that I am more righteous than others or that I am above committing sin. Help me to stay sensitive to Your Holy Spirit who gives me Your wisdom and strength to stay on the narrow path. It is only by Your grace that I can say "no" to sin. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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