"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you"
(1 Peter 5:6)
Humility, in this day and age, is frowned upon, a trifle state of being in which you prove yourself to be weak and spineless. And yet, as so often the case, humility is highly favored in the Scriptures. It is an attribute which the Lord Himself exemplified and exercised in His 33 years of ministry on earth. It is an attribute, as you read throughout the Old Testament, that is seen through the abundant mercy and grace that God pours out upon His people. As we find ourselves at the end of the summer months, as our year is already half removed, let us reflect on all that the Lord has done thus far. Let us make a plea, in one accord, to our Great and Terrible God (Nehemiah 9:32), begging Him for the very attribute that marked His life on earth and His very existence in Heaven. Humility, lowliness of mind and absence of self, an inward lowliness that results in an outward ability to serve others far beyond our own capacities.
Father, we beseech Thee by your mercy and grace, to strip us of ourselves. To remove from us the very burden of self and to build us up to be lowly and forgetful of our own flesh. We pray thee O Lord, help us to see ourselves as nothing and You as everything. Help us Lord to think of others above ourselves and to take on the very mind of Christ (Philippians 2).
We acknowledge Lord, that we will one day stand before you and give an account of that which we lived out on this earth in light of your Scripture. I beg Thee O Lord, that I would stand before Thee weak and lowly, humble and of a contrite Spirit. So let it be written Lord, so let it be done.
In Jesus name, Amen.