Prayer is one of God’s precious graces to us. It has many purposes for our life and growth, but have you ever thought about how prayer is meant to be an instrument of humility in our lives?
In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus, by example, teaches us how to pray. Of course, this passage is best known as “The Lord’s Prayer,” but it’s probably better named “The Model Prayer.” As we look at the prayer, notice how every single phrase in an exercise in humility:
- “Our Father” says: God, You are my authority.
- “Who is in heaven” says: God, You are above me.
- “Hallowed be Your name” says: God, You are holy, and I am not.
- “Your kingdom come” says: God, I desire for Your territory and influence to grow over my life and my land.
- “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” says: God, I want to see Your plans come to pass more than mine.
- “Give us this day our daily bread” says: God, my sustenance and provision come from You alone.
- “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” says: God, I am a sinner, and You are my judge. Please have mercy on me!
- “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil” says: God, I need Your protection both physically and spiritually.
- “For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen” says: You, God, are the only One worthy of my praise.
May you be a strong person of prayer and, consequently, a person of serious humility!