99 Prayer

I confess it, I am proud. Moreover, I am proud of being proud. As bad as pride is, I find myself unwilling to let go of it. I want to be proud. I am incredibly self-idealistic and grandiose. I have the answers to life’s struggles; if only people would listen to me, I could solve their problems, or so I think. Yes, this is incorrect. In reality I am not able to heal myself, much less help others.

I sought God about my resistance to humbling myself and about how proud I am. I asked for several months, “How do I humble myself? I don’t want to!” I got the impression that I was to pray that He would help me to humble myself. I need to humble myself to even be able to ask God to help me humble myself.

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

I started with a simple prayer, “God help me to humble myself.” I found this was not quite enough. I needed to cry out to Him. I realized that I was weak and unable to humble myself and cried out from the depths of my heart, “God have mercy on me a sinner! I am so proud, please forgive me! Help me to humble myself, Lord! I can’t do this on my own. I need your help. HELP!!!”

The idea I want to convey is that we need to pray from our hearts. How do we feel when we are unable to humble ourselves? What do we hear from God about our inability to humble ourselves and our lack of humility? Psalm 139 could be a starting place to look for insight on this. This powerful Psalm taught me how to pray for myself.

Jesus told His disciples…that they should always pray and not give up.Luke 18:1

We need to keep praying, especially if we see no ready answers because we will not totally be free until Heaven. Our pride separates us from God. We need to pray for the rest of our lives for humility. We will see progress. We will find our pride diminishing. We need to humble ourselves before Him in order to receive His mercy. Thank God, His grace enables us to come to Him!

The Lord taught us to pray, “Forgive us our sin”, because we constantly need forgiveness. Also, He said, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”, we need to be delivered from the temptation to pride. We have made pride and perfectionism into habits. We need to break those habits. We can only do so with God’s power.

“Because he loves Me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.” Psalm 91:14-15

Psalm 91 is such a powerful passage! It tells of God’s wonderful promises to protect and deliver.

Dwelling under the shelter of the Most High,

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching/shepherding Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; comforting others with the comfort, which we received.

We have a dream & need support, fasting and prayers.

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