Humility PrayerHumility Prayer - Is Selflessness Possible?
Humility Prayer -- Insights from Godís Word
Yet if you devote your heart to Him and stretch out your hands to Him, if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to come into your tent, then you will lift up your face without shame; you will stand firm and without fear. You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning. You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid. - Job 11:13-19
Humility Prayer Ė A Daily Challenge
Prayer: What can I possibly say to You, my King, as You continue to grow and challenge me each day, taking me deeper into the mysteries of Your Word. For so long now I have been searching after You, and for even longer than that, You have been drawing me closer and taking me deeper -- often in spite of myself. It astonishes me how many times I have thought something was beyond my ability to understand, and You showed up pointing the way to a clearer understanding of Your biblical truths. I somehow suspect I will spend the rest of my life -- and even eternally in heaven -- delving into the wonder of Your Holy Word.
Seeing Your glory has become the goal of my life. Being changed by You -- by Your Word -- has become the mainstay of my daily life. I know without a doubt that I still have a very long way to go. As You keep me hungry and draw me closer, Your will and Your ways have become my greatest treasures. I seek daily to unwrap the mysteries and wonders of You and Your ways.
I am astonished that even though I only see in part, You still manage to allow me to see through the veils that cover my eyes and my heart. Itís growth is like pealing away the layers of an onion -- with a revelation being unveiled with each new layer being peeled away.
Daily I find myself on my knees humbled by revelations of You, my Master -- and Your truths. Whenever I open my heart and pray a prayer like: "What would you have me to do this day, Lord?" You respond -- and quite often another layer of confusion disappears. Iíve also discovered that alongside this wonderful gift of revelation, come the dealings of my God, as You call me to task, challenging me to trust You a little bit more.
I admit, Lord, as I allow You to rip away anything in me that does not please You, I am oftentimes found crying out, "No more!" But it is at that moment, Lord, I find Your grace and Your mercy as the truth of my own nature becomes clearer -- and Your love for me is recognized as being greater than I previously understood. What a journey we -- the Body of Christ -- are on, and how grateful I am that I am still pushing forward -- instead of giving up as I am so often tempted to do.
I am praying this morning for the Body of Christ to awaken to the challenges of our God. I pray we will step out in faith and renewed trust -- to receive the "new wine of the Spirit" -- which You make available to all of Your kids. As You frequently do in these days, Lord, I thank You for keeping me focused on prayer -- and on the wonders of the new covenant life I have been given to live.
When You find someone praying this prayer who is discouraged -- or even completely sidelined, Lord, I pray Your Holy Spirit would deal with their concerns. As You deal with them, I pray You would draw them closer to the flame of Your truth and Your Presence! Renew their hope in You, Lord -- and under Your firm but loving control -- do whatever is necessary to get them to the destination of Your choice.
Help them also to keep remembering they are on a journey. Remind them that with every passing day, they are given new opportunities through the Spirit within -- to see new wonders -- to be changed each day into a person of greater faith -- dependent trust -- Holy Spirit power -- and purer revelations.
As I have humbled myself before you -- as I have allowed other believers to speak into my life -- and as I have learned to be "shrewd as a snake and as innocent as a dove" (Matthew 10:16) -- my life has changed -- and my faith, hope, and love increased exponentially. It is in this humility that I have learned the value of being willing to step out of my comfort zones and into the often insecure world revealed by the Holy Spirit. I honestly cannot say I am completely comfortable with the way the Holy Spirit works in my life -- but I can say I have grown in faith and trust. With each passing day His guidance has become critical -- and even life producing -- and life saving.
One of my greatest life lessons of late is learning to distinguish the cry of the Holy Spirit -- even when the source may come from someone who is heavenly sandpaper in my life. This has been a huge learning lesson for me -- even to the place where You have shown me that I am often used as a piece of heavenly sandpaper myself in other lives. Your ways are indeed humbling, but learning to trust the Holy Spirit and to understand the fallacy of human beings in general -- has truly helped me to grow -- as my dependence on You has grown.
Thank You, Jesus, for Your patience with us. Thank You for your Word -- which is the source of all truth. Thank You for the Holy Spirit that takes us deeper each day into the minefield of Your bible -- and grows us to become more dependent, more humble -- and above all more in love with You. Thank You that You daily allow me to experience You and Your truths in a greater way.
O what an awesome God we serve! May all we do this day be a reflection of You and Your glory -- in spite of ourselves -- as we trust more and more in Your Word -- and in the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit! This life of mine is not about me. To you be the honor and the glory!
Humility Prayer Ė Making it Personal
Reflect: The Word of God -- the Holy Spirit in our lives -- are treasures of such magnitude -- that the enemy himself seeks to pervert and discourage even the strongest Christian. He knows how deadly a life can be which is continually growing in Godís truths -- walking hand in hand with His Holy Spirit through the ups and downs of this world. Learning to navigate in Godís Word and to obey the leading of His Holy Spirit, will be a full time job until we one day reign with Him. Realizing that itís better to cooperate with God and His ways -- rather than resisting Him (which I acknowledge I have a gold medal in) -- helps us to journey in Godís wilderness -- which can often be challenging and even painful. I simply do not wish to go around and around the same mountain of human resolve -- when I can live a life of freedom -- as His will is done in my life as it is done in heaven. Why not take advantage of Godís grace -- which came at the cost of His Sonís death -- and trust in God Himself -- instead of your own limited understanding? I would encourage you to pray each day for God to remove whatever veils are still in place in your life -- so you can set your feet daily on His turf -- rather than yours. It will be tough at times -- but the perseverance and humility you will be given will become the greatest gift you ever opened up. Your choice! Remember -- ". . .be shrewd as a snake and as innocent as a dove (Matthew 10:16)
What is your response?
Yes, today I am deciding to follow Jesus
Yes, I am already a follower of Jesus
I still have questions