A Prayer for Humility

“True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life.” (Proverbs 22:4)

Moses was a very humble man. The Bible tells us in Numbers 12:3 that he was “more humble than any other person on earth.” But, Moses’ brother and sister became proud and began to complain about Moses. Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses for marrying a Cushite woman. They referred to themselves as God’s messengers, too, along with Moses. But, God heard them and punished them for their pride. Miriam was struck white with leprosy. Upon seeing her, Aaron begged for forgiveness.

Moses offered a prayer asking God to heal Miriam. Miriam was kept outside the camp for seven days and was then accepted back. Something tells me that during those seven days, Miriam was cleansed from much more than just her leprosy.

2 Samuel 22:28 says, “You rescue the humble, but your eyes watch the proud and humiliate them.”

My mother has said, “We should all enjoy a healthy slice of humble pie on occasion.” To which my father responds, “Yes, humility tastes much better than humiliation.” Unfortunately, I can attest to the truth of both.

Are you facing a crisis of humiliation? 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”

Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:5, “God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.” And, Matthew 18:4 says, “So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Dear Heavenly Father,

Please forgive me for having a haughty heart. Cleanse me of all pride, Lord. I know that I am nothing apart from You. I thank You and praise You for being my source for all things, Father.

Forgive me for relying on worldly wisdom that is only foolishness to You (1 Corinthians 3:19).

Give me the heart of a child, Father, that I may be pleasing to You. Make me humble, that I may grow in Your wisdom (Proverbs 11:2). Lead me in doing what is right, Lord. Teach me Your ways.

I praise You for Your love, Your power, and Your gentle goodness at work in my life, Lord. May I be content to dwell with You forever.

In Your precious, holy name I pray.

AMEN.

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