Luke 18:1-14 ICB

1Then Jesus used this story to teach his followers that they should always pray and never lose hope. 2“Once there was a judge in a town. He did not care about God. He also did not care what people thought about him. 3In that same town there was a widow who kept coming to this judge. She said, ‘There is a man who is not being fair to me. Give me my rights!’ 4But the judge did not want to help the widow. After a long time, he thought to himself, ‘I don’t care about God. And I don’t care about what people think. 5But this widow is bothering me. I will see that she gets her rights, or she will bother me until I am worn out!’” 6The Lord said, “Listen to what the bad judge said. 7God’s people cry to him night and day. God will always give them what is right, and he will not be slow to answer them. 8I tell you, God will help his people quickly! But when the Son of Man comes again, will he find those on earth who believe in him?” 9There were some people who thought that they were very good and looked down on everyone else. Jesus used this story to teach them: 10“One day there was a Pharisee and a tax collector. Both went to the Temple to pray. 11The Pharisee stood alone, away from the tax collector. When the Pharisee prayed, he said, ‘God, I thank you that I am not as bad as other people. I am not like men who steal, cheat, or take part in adultery. I thank you that I am better than this tax collector. 12I give up eating# This is called “fasting.” The people would give up eating for a special time of prayer and worship to God. It was also done to show sadness. twice a week, and I give one-tenth of everything I earn!’ 13“The tax collector stood at a distance. When he prayed, he would not even look up to heaven. He beat on his chest because he was so sad. He said, ‘God, have mercy on me. I am a sinner!’ 14I tell you, when this man went home, he was right with God. But the Pharisee was not right with God. Everyone who makes himself great will be made humble. But everyone who makes himself humble will be made great.”