Jesus humbled Himself to die a painful death on the cross for our sakes. Because He took on this meekness, God exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above all names. God on the other hand, hates pride. There is nothing we can say, do or think that will ever outshine God. What can we be proud of, compared to God?
Proverbs 16:5 NIV The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
A prayer over our pride
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I am sorry for all the times I have taken the glory that is rightfully Yours and turned it towards myself. I humbly repent of my sin and my pride.
Psalm 51:16-17 ESV For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Thank you that You understand all my weaknesses even before I become aware of them myself – and yet You love me so unreservedly!
Luke 5:31-32 ESV And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
Please help me identify the events in my past that have caused me to privately crave admiration, acceptance and recognition.
Did I experience a lack of affirmation when I was growing up? Did I suffer from unkind words from others? Help me see who I need to forgive so I don’t feel this need to put a wall of pride around my heart.
I know I don’t have to be like this, and that the Holy Spirit will help me in the renewal of my heart and mind.
Teach me how to put on humility, gentleness and compassion every day, so I can become more like Christ and the desires of my heart will be more of a fragrant sacrifice to You, almighty God.
Colossians 3:12 ESV Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
Psalm 25:4-5 NLT Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.
Help me to be humble in a world that presses me to be otherwise, so that I can be a light for Your glorious name and a testimony of Your love and goodness.
Colossians 3:12 ESV Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and,
In Jesus name, I pray, amen.”
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