Coffee Talk: Humble Prayers to Cast Your Cares

The most fundamental act of humility is prayer. Praying in faith gives us the opportunity to humble ourselves before the Lord. It allows for quiet contemplation, personal reflection, confession, and meditation on the Word of God. Prayer is releasing and it reminds us of God’s concern and his desire for intimacy with us.

1 Peter 5:6-7 [NIV] reads:

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Here are three simple prayers of humility to consider and practice:

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Humility: Make a List

I’m on campus in Charlotte, North Carolina attending classes at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary this week. One of the things I love about attending classes, particularly on the weekends, is beginning classes with our Friday evening chapel services. Normally, we begin chapel with songs of worship.

Sometimes we sing one of the favorite hymns, “Come Thou Fount of Blessings.” The last stanza reigns true in our lives:

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,

Prone to leave the God I love;

Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,

Seal it for thy courts above.

We are all prone to wander, aren’t we? We are tempted on every side and around every corner. We are sometimes tempted to think that we are “above” or have grown “beyond” a particular sin. We must remember that this is not the case with pride! On this side of Heaven, we are never beyond pride and we should never to think that pride has no affect on us.

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Pride and Humility: Getting from Here to There

I wrestle with the thoughts of pride and humility: “God, I know I’m not supposed to be prideful, or think more highly of myself than I think of others. I know you want me to have a humble attitude in all situations, but every now and then, I simply don’t know what to do.”

When I am honest with God in this way, I am reminded that humility is an act of God’s grace. The same God who saves us by his grace, also graces us to respond to him and others in a manner that is pleasing. Therefore, our thought process should not be, “What can I do to become more humble,” but rather, “How can I surrender to God and trust him to develop the character he desires in me?”

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