June 20, 2008

Oh Lord, keep us from pride, which will destroy us and take all power from our work. Oh Father, help us to guard from pride in our holiness, in our service. Please help us not to do our acts of righteousness before people, to be seen and honored by them, but really, truly, down to our very deepest heart of hearts, to be doing all for the glory of God. Only your Spirit can allow wretched, prideful sinners to be humble servants. Only in your power can we remove all pride. Help us, Father, we ask in the Name of the humblest, most glorious One, in Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Talking about God, and serving Him, can so easily be perceived as prideful, and so easily becomes a source of pride. Even when we do mean things humbly, sincerely, they can seem overly pious to people. This is especially easy on the Internet, where we feel more bold to say things we would not say in person, and where we cannot communicate by tone of voice and body language. I definitely say things on the Internet that I would not be bold enough to say in person. We need God’s help to be who we are in every context we are in. We need to be transparent. The Lord convicted me of my pride today, not just in this, but pride I had all over my life. I need His help to overcome it. Pride blinds us to the truth, harms our growth and productivity, and not least of all, comes between us and God.

Psalm 115:1
Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.

Psalm 10:4 “In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.”

Proverbs 13:10 “Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.”

James 4:6 “But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ ”

Oh Father, give us more grace. Keep us humble. Keep reminding us not to be proud, even in our inmost thoughts. Give us the sweet grace of humility, and honesty. Help me! I am so easily prideful!
Give us grace, oh Father of Lights. I ask this in Jesus’ glorious Name, Amen!

Further Recommended Reading on transparency, being one person:
“Be Pure Hearted”
(It’s a long article, but I recommend you read all the way to the end! It has some good insights and suggestions.)



One Response to “Humility”

  1. Anna Carlson Says:

    Maddy, I’m praying that with you.

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