Humble Yourselves When You Pray

Helen Brownson

READ : 2 Chronicles 7:11-18

“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, pray, seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven” (v. 14).

Listen to the theme of humility in the Bible:

“A man of lowly spirit gains honor . . . I revive the spirit of the lowly . . .Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest . . .The greatest among you should be like the youngest . . .Take the lowest place . . . Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought . . . Humble yourselves before the Lord . . . Clothe yourselves with humility.

But the world doesn’t reward humility, so we come to God with our hands full knowing all the answers!

How can we humble ourselves for God to hear us? Sometimes God humbles us without our asking by giving us those experiences that demonstrate we are not all we think we are. We can also pray for God to change our attitudes. We may acknowledge that we are not deserving of our many blessings. We can practice humility by taking the lowest places in relationships, seeking to serve rather than to be served, and coming before God, as Paul did, “the least of all saints.” God honors a humble spirit!

PRAYER

“Nothing in my hands I bring, Simply to thy Cross I cling. Naked come to thee for dress, Helpless, look to thee for grace.” In Jesus’ name. Amen.