There are some virtues we should never joke with. One of such virtues is humility. The humble are lifted high, the proud go down (Proverbs 18:12). Humility is one Christian virtue that pleases God, attracts divine attention, favour and honour. Every time Jesus humbled Himself before God and man, God was pleased with Him and significant things happened.
Let’s pray these prayers for a humble heart so significant things can begin to happen in our lives this year.
Thank You Lord Jesus for what You did for me on the cross. Thank You that though You are the King of Glory, the King of kings, You became human, You took on the nature of a servant, You endured insults and ridicule from men, all because You wanted to demonstrate Your great love for me on the cross. May I never take Your love for granted (Philippians 2:6-7).
Lord Jesus, as You have shown me the perfect example of what it means to live a humble life, help me so that my attitude to life, people and situations is the same as Yours (Philippians 2:5).
Father, please help me to always remember and acknowledge that it is by Your grace that I am who I am. May I never think that is my own human wisdom, intelligence, hard work, skill or good works that got me to the level I am today. May I never take the glory due to You. Help me to always give You glory, honour, thanks and praise for all that I am, all that I have received, all I have accomplished, all that I have been spared from (1 Corinthians 15:10, Psalm 115:1, Isaiah 42:8, Daniel 4:29-32).
Father, I receive from Your throne room today, the grace to humble myself before You and man. As special gifts were presented to Jesus when He humbled Himself to be born in a manger; a place with no honour and dignity, let special gifts be given this year as I commit myself to living a life of humility (Matthew 2:9-11, Luke 2:6-7).
Father, as I come into Your presence this day, I receive grace to stop looking down on people. May I never despise and look down on people simply because they don’t have the same privileges You have so graciously blessed me with. Help me to respect and honour those that are weaker than I am, those that are not on the same spiritual, educational, financial level as I am. Help me to stop thinking and feeling I’m too big and important to relate with certain people. From henceforth, I shall not think of myself more highly than I ought to, I shall think of myself with sober judgement; I shall see myself as one who but for the grace of God, wouldn’t be where I am today (Romans 12:16, Romans 12:3).
O Lord, strip me of every form of pride and arrogance, wear the garment of humility on me so I can be lifted by Your mighty hand to a place I never imagined I could get to (1 Peter 5:6-7, James 4:10).
As Naaman humbled Himself to receive advice from a slave girl that changed his life, as Jesus humbled Himself to be baptised by John the Baptist, I receive grace to be teachable and to learn and receive from whoever you have appointed to give me a message, advice or instruction. May pride not make me miss my day of divine visitation, honour and lifting (2 Kings 5:2-6, Matthew 3:13-17).
Father if I should boast about anything it, let it be that I understand and know You the only true and living God. Help me not to give testimonies that are all about myself and nothing about You. Help me not to do things because I want to be noticed and praised by people. Let boasting and bragging be far from me. I bind and reject the spirit of pride in whatever form it wants to manifest in my life. O Lord, empty my life of self and fill me with more of You, so I can become a carrier of Your grace and power. (Jeremiah 9:24, Matthew 6:1-2, John 3:30).
Father, help us in the body of Christ to humble ourselves, seek Your face and turn away from everything that does not glorify Your holy name, so You can look down on our nation with eyes of mercy and bring healing, deliverance and restoration to our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
O Lord, I depend completely on YOU. I have no power of my own, that is why I seek Your face. As I humble myself before You and turn to You for help, surround me with Your presence, be my Rock and Refuge, look upon me with mercy, and revive me O Lord. Let shame and disgrace be far away from me. Save me from those fighting my progress and destiny. Give me a lifting this year that will make me dance for joy and put all my enemies in complete shock and confusion (Isaiah 66:2, Isaiah 57;15, Zephaniah 3:12).
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