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Prayer for Humility

Humility in God’s eyes is a big deal. Daniel Chapter 5 tells me that King Belshazzar had a banquet where he violated many of God’s statutes: he became drunk but God did not fault him for drunkenness. He was having a good time with his wives, mistresses, girlfriends and other party freaks but God did not accuse him of adultery or the extreme indulgence into pleasures although all those are sins before Him. God’s biggest charge was that the king has not humbled himself. Wow! God must be serious about pride, the big I. In my mind this could be the root of many other things that God finds despicable therefore wants us to be humble.

Speaking through Daniel, our God charged the king thus:

“But you, Belshazzar, his (Nebuchadnezzar’s) son have nothumbled yourself, though you knew all this. Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways.” Daniel 5:22-23.

Oh, how expedient is the counsel from Pastor James that we humble ourselves before the Lord, and he will lift us up (James 4:10). As far as I can remember, the only people God resists are those that are not humble as stated in James 4:6. The Old Testament references in Proverbs 3:3 says that God mocks proud people. OMG! It is really scary to hear that God opposes, resits and mocks the proud but so satisfying that He gives grace to the humble. The wise man sums it up with a clear warning that if you are proud, you will be destroyed. In Proverbs 16:18, it reads "pride goes before destruction, haughty spirit before a fall."

With God being strongly opposed to the proud and gracious to the humbled, my prayer and desire is for a humble spirit and I pray that that should be yours as well.

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