Prayers for humility

This month we will be praying through Psalm 90.  This is a great Psalm to pray for humility.  We are all born with pride in us because of our sinful nature passed down from Adam and Eve.  The word of God has alot to say about pride vs humility.

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. Proverbs 13:3

A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor. Proverbs 29:23

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

You save the humble, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low. 2 Samuel 22:28

He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. Psalm 25:9

For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10

Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5

We have a lot to learn from Moses. Moses had been so close to God. He was known for his humility.

Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.” (Numbers 12:3)

This intimacy with God came at a great cost.

He chose a path that took him from the palaces of earth to the very throne of God. He couldn’t have both. He didn’t want both. He chose the greater. He chose God. Moses started high in the Egyptian palace and descended to the desert with God. He exchanged heaven for earth.

Below are comments on Moses’ perspective of life from Psalm 90. If we adopt his perspectives, then we will gain humility and wisdom.

We invite you to meditate on Psalm 90 and use the prayer points to pray verse by verse this month.

(A Prayer of Moses the man of God.) Verses from Psalm 90 Prayer Point to consider on each verse
Life dependent
(Psalms 90:1).
Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. We never have and never could be in a place where we were not totally dependent upon what the Lord God has made.
Exalt God’s Eternal nature
(Psalms 90:2)
Before the mountains were born, Or Thou didst give birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God. God always was in His greatness. God is above time; He created it for man. God is not dependent upon anyone including ourselves! He is Elohim.
Remember our humble origins
(Psalms 90:3)
Thou dost turn man back into dust, And dost say, “Return, O children of men.” We started off as dust and shall return to such. God put us together, but we keep thinking we are more than what God has assembled. Time will tell!
Bound in time (Psalms 90:4) For a thousand years in Thy sight are like yesterday when it passes by, or as a watch in the night. God is beyond time; but we are bound in time. Our lives are as a brief second to Him.  He is Omnipresent.  He will exist forever.
Memories washed away (Psalms 90:5-6) Thou hast swept them away like a flood, they fall asleep; In the morning they are like grass which sprouts anew. In the morning it flourishes, and sprouts anew; Toward evening it fades, and withers away. Man’s hard work will be all washed away like a flood. No more remembrance. Comes and goes like a flower that blooms for one day.
Under judgment (Psalms 90:7) For we have been consumed by Thine anger, And by Thy wrath we have been dismayed. God’s anger is upon us even as we are part of creation and have been cursed. Death chases the life in our bodies. We are frail and keep afloat only by God’s grace. Without it, we would perish in an instant.
Exposed (Psalms 90:8) Thou hast placed our iniquities before Thee, Our secret sins in the light of Thy presence. We might hide our sin before man but not before God. Each sin, every thought or action is all exposed before our Creator and our rebellion judged.
Frailty of old age (Psalms 90:9) For all our days have declined in Thy fury; We have finished our years like a sigh. We might still be young in spirit but our real age reflects God’s coming judgment upon our bodies. Our systems start malfunctioning. Movement becomes painful rather than exhilarating.
Numbered Days (Psalms 90:10) As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away. Our days are numbered. Long life is a joke. Life only seems long to the young. Those who are older know life is astonishingly brief.
Ignorance (Psalms 90:11) Who understands the power of Thine anger, And Thy fury, according to the fear that is due Thee? We forget, ignore and look for distraction from the signs of God’s judgment upon our lives. We are oblivious to what is so obvious.
Gaining wisdom (Psalms 90:12) So teach us to number our days, That we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom. Wisdom comes only when we see the value of our days. We can value our days only when we know they are limited in number.
Seeking mercy (Psalms 90:13) Do return, O LORD; how long will it be? And be sorry for Thy servants. We need relief from God’s judgment. We seek help from Him.
Seeking grace (Psalms 90:14) O satisfy us in the morning with Thy lovingkindness, That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. True life comes from Him. In the midst of destruction, God brings love and favor all of our days.
Developing Thankfulness (Psalms 90:15) Make us glad according to the days Thou hast afflicted us, And the years we have seen evil. Only the Lord can make us glad in the midst of this hard and evil world. Let us ask Him for this thankful heart!
Passing the blessing on (Psalms 90:16) Let Thy work appear to Thy servants, And Thy majesty to their children. Since our lives are so short, we want to pass our blessing of knowing God and His work on to our children.
Establishing value (Psalms 90:17) And let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And do confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands. A fulfilling life starts with the Lord’s favor. He alone can make what we do valuable. In a sense, our work is nothing to Him, but He can establish it through His strength.

Here is a prayer for you.  “Lord God, help us to gain a heart of wisdom into your humility by getting the proper perspective on who we are compared to who You are.  We thank you God for sending your Son Jesus to die for our prideful nature.  That Jesus took our place on the cross and exchanged His perfect life of humility for our sinful lives. We are made new creations in Christ Jesus through His death and resurrection and now we can walk daily in humility by the power of the Holy Spirit that lives within us.  Lord God help us not to forget that we have the ability through the Holy Spirit to daily crucify our prideful nature and choose humilty.  By doing this we become living epistles to everyone around us and declare that we are indeed your children.  For whom the Son sets free is free indeed.  We thank you Lord and we love you.  In Jesus Name. Amen.

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Part 2 of this article is called 21 ways of countering pride with humility and you can find it here

Here are some other prayers that have to do with restoration:

Proverbs 23: 17-19 The Prayer of Expectation

Joshua 1:8 – Prayer For Success and Prosperity

Praying for a Hundredfold Blessing on Your Harvest – Matthew 13:3-9

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PRAYER FOR HUMILITY 

prayers for humility

Let the scripture speak. 

James 4:6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
How bad it is for God to resist you in prayer or service.  Regardless of your position,  if you are walking in pride,  strive,  seeking more of early praise,  God will not listen to you.  He cannot share his glory with man.    Try the prayers below, with utmost sincerity :
That you may increase as I decrease

That you may receive glory in all I do

That you may help me not to think I’m standing on my own,  that you may hold me not to fall

That at the end of the day it shall be about you in me and us

That I may be a servant, not lord over others

That I may help others complete, better than myself

That I shall not be blinded by praise of men,  but that their praise to me shall be relocated to you

That I shall have a teachable spirit

That I shall recognise the beauty,  strength and contribution of others

That I shall not boast or pride over my accomplishments,  they are yours o Lord 

That I shall be ready and willing always to be guided by your Spirit

That I shall not look down upon others because of their seeming lack

I shall endeavour to make the church of Christ great, one

I praise your name o God because the good work you have began in my life you will accomplish in Christ Jesus 

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God, I hate to be a jerk- especially when I’m unaware of it! Yet, I can look back at so many times in my life when I was acting like a jerk and it all boils down to a lack of humility in me. Help me Jesus!

James 3:13 NIV

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.

Bible, prayer and bedhead in the morning. It works for me. I’ll be the first to admit though, I look pretty rough 🙂 Let’s do this anyway though! Let’s win this day for God. As Amanda and I say, “Let’s be the bang!”

I need wisdom, Lord. Your word says that wisdom and understanding calls out to us (Proverbs 8). I know it’s your Spirit’s voice; your loving instruction. You desire to extract my pride and replace it with your humility. I just never knew that that came with wisdom! Wow! That is so cool, God.

I love it, God. I want more. I want to bring wisdom to bear in every area of my life, and with it humility. Selflessness too, God, because I know that selfishness will screw everything up. I want my life to overflow with success, but I don’t want it to amass in my possession. I want it to freely flow by the leading of your Spirit, and I want people to look at what’s happening and think, “What in the world is going on? How is this happening?! This kid isn’t capable of that! How is this even possible??” Open doors for me to tell them, Jesus. I want them to know that I have been redeemed and called righteous by Jesus and that the same is available to them.

Open doors for the good people across the USA and other parts of our tiny blue dot in the vast Universe who have asked for prayer…

…like this prayer request from an anonymous woman who wants to be more like you, Jesus:

Need patience, stability, wisdom, discipline, flexibility. Perseverance presistance humility joy. Healthy distraction

We lift up another sister’s anonymous prayer request from South Sudan:

Dear brothers and sisters,
The year 2014 have been a terrible year for me and my fiance, alot has happened in our relationship, trials, temptations, temper, sickness. Please pray for my fiance Joseph that he will be relieved from all the bondage of stress, depression, financial crises, womanizing, right now he has accepted Jesus into his life, but his past keeps on hunting him, pray for him for wisdom and spiritual guidance. Pray for us to follow the right path of our life.

We join our sister in Singapore in praying for her friend:

Dear friends,

Please pray that Holy Spirit would grant me the wisdom an guidance to win Francis’ heart and be a pillar of support for him and his family. May the outcome ultimately bring glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Please pray for divine favour in this situation that our friendship would be taken to the next level, that our union would bring glory to God and bring blessings to all the people around us.

We speak healing in Elizabeth’s ears and pray for an outpouring of your Holy Spirit’s wisdom into her as well:

Elizabeth in the United States of America

Please pray for my ears to heal: in Jesus’ name that my ears heal. I also ask for God’s wisdom so that I may preach the Lord’s Word. Amen.

Yes, Lord. I ask that you would empower Elizabeth to speak your true and a powerful message of love and freedom to the people you put in her path. Open doors, Lord!

We join your daughter in her prayer, Lord. We trust you with this situation:

Dear Lord, I am so confused about my relationship. Is it something that you are going to bless? Is he true? Help me to know what I should do. Please give me strength and wisdom where he is concerned. Help me to know if he is for me asap. Thank you. In Jesus name, amen

Bless Leon and his love in South Africa, Jesus:

Please pray for God’s will to be done, and for giving us a second chance, bringing us together again, to give us both the wisdom to start healing one another and build the Kingdom of God together.

We pray for Ed. He simply asked to be prayed for. Lord, you know his needs. I hear you saying that Ed is a man-builder. Help him to step into that, whatever that might look like in his life. Help him to feel your presence; to know that he is not alone. You are right there, equipping him, building him so that he can in turn build up the men around him. Thank you for Ed, God!

Lord, thank you for my sister, Wanda in Florida. I love her faith and energy. Bless her. Give her an awesome testimony of your generous love and awesome provision:

Dear god, I thank you for everything you do for me. I have faith and I know that You re always here with me. I need for you to help me have an amazing day and help me book 18 or more tours today all by myself. I am going on vacation on Sunday and I need to have a great week, I count on You and I know You will protect me and provide.

Amen

Thank you for my sister, Zeenat, in South Africa. Send her a sweet man who loves Jesus!:

Dear Lord, please help me and send the right man for me into my life. Please let him find me. I am tired of being alone, I want to have someone to share my life with and that can be a blessing unto me and that I can be a blessing unto. Someone that will share my life with me and that I can start a family with. That will go with me to church on Sundays and support me both financially and emotionally. Someone to love and go home to.

Jesus, thank you for providing for Ebrahim in India. You are our Great Provider. We trust you:

To repay & get relieved from my serious debt, support for my business loss, blessings & support for my marriage.

Holy Spirit, thank you for pursuing Sarah even more than she is pursuing you. Give her peace about her relationship with you, but not complacency. Continue to fuel her desire to be close to you:

Sarah – United States of America

My name is Sarah Castillo, I am praying because I am concerned with my walk with God. I need to break off bad habits that aren’t from God and I just want to know him better, I don’t want to be a lukewarm Christian or denied in front of him before judgment day. I pray for faith given to me and eternal life. I know i have accept Christ as my savior but I just feel that my walk with Him can be better and I want to know him deeper. My spirit is crushed, I’ve lost it all and I am not a woman with money. ( I don’t care anymore) I just want to know God and I am just a regular woman with issues, stubbornness and my thoughts can be strange… I don’t know what to do with myself. I want to know God’s calling and plan clearly in my life and have Him accomplish that. I want to step into the season he has for me. I have been struggling with tiredness, I mean, I wrote a book recently and had heart surgery months ago but I just feel weak and discouraged a little. A little sad too. I want to be on the right path… God is the only reason why I am still here. I’m tired of this life and I am content and find joy in the little things, but I just need more healing in every part of my life.

I do love Jesus and I want to be ready for him.

Please pray that my faith and relationship to know God, only grows and strengthens I just want sincere change…

Thank you.

– Sarah

Heal Mario’s stomach, Lord:

My name Mario Flores having problems with stomach. Went to see a doctor. But problem still in my tummy. Help me, prayer warriors.

We also lift up additional prayer requests from India, Australia, United Kingdom, Poland, Netherlands, Canada, and in the United States of America, in California, Georgia, and many other parts of the globe. Thank you, Jesus for all these people. Bless them, Lord. We love you.

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