WEEK THREE PRAYER FOCUS: Contending (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Day Sixteen: Praying in Humility
Today's First Passage: 2 Chronicles 7:14b “…will humble themselves…”
Humility is an essential component of contending prayer. When we turn to God, and begin to pour out our longings before Him, we must remember who, in this relationship, is God. Like we learned in week one, the core of our prayer life - even when we are bringing requests before God - must be: “YOUR Kingdom come, YOUR will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Any time our desires don’t line up with God’s character, God’s purposes, or God’s will, we must be humble enough to surrender them, and trust that He knows more than we do.
Lack of humility in contending prayer can lead us to the place where we are approaching God like we are attempting to fight or at least persuade Him into our will. This can lead to disappointment, heartache and a breakdown in relationship with Him. Remember, the goal of prayer isn’t getting what we want, it is partnership with God. And we can only partner with God when we remember our place - yes, as loved children of His, but also being humbly submitted to Him.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
- Have I had times in my prayer life where I’m trying to persuade God, or boss Him into doing what I’m asking? If so, take a moment to repent and receive His forgiveness.
- Are there areas of pride in my heart that are causing a breakdown in my relationship with God and hindering my prayers?
- Part of humility is being willing to look foolish in the world’s eyes - in order to please God. Would I be willing to pray prayers that seem foolish to the world, in order to humbly contend for God’s will to be done?
PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES:
Work through these scriptures, letting them sink into your heart, and wrapping your own words around them for yourself, your family, our church and for our city.
For yourself/your family: 1 Peter 5:6
For Commonwealth: 1 Peter 5:6
For the City: Ezekiel 48:35b
DAY SIXTEEN PRAYER CHALLENGE:
Try taking some time today to pray on your knees (if you are able). There is nothing magical about praying in this position, however, kneeling physically can often help our bodies experience a posture of humility. Notice how this affects the way you view God, the way you view yourself, and the way you pray.