DAY 18: Break. Our. Pride.
DAY 18 CORPORATE PRAYER FOCUS: Break our pride and arrogance.
This is the one that I don’t even want to write. Not even a little bit. Maybe because writing a prayer blog about breaking pride and arrogance requires the breaking of my pride and arrogance. This breaking is never an enjoyable experience, but as a follower of Jesus it is vital to our spiritual health and longevity in our journeys of faith.
St. Augustine is known for stating an astute observation that pride is pregnant with all sin. Meaning that at the root of sin you will always find seeds of pride. Seeds planted there by culture or genetics, watered by vigilant guarding of the right to be right and blossoming in a variety of sin that can all be traced back to a root of pride.
So what do you do?
Well first off, get over yourself a little bit and admit that you’ve got pride in your life. I don’t have to know all the details to know that everyone person reading this has some pride in their life. It’s in all of our very human nature. Your pride might not look like mine, might not sound like mine and might not think like mine, but I know you’ve got it and today is the day to get rid of it.
(Step 1.5 — get back over yourself again from when pride just spoke up trying to convince you that I was wrong and that you don’t have a pride issue. #GetOverItFriend)
Secondly, ask the Lord to show you what it takes to break the pride in your life. A great place to start is by studying and mimicking the life that He lived as a model for us of what He wanted to see multiplied through us.
Go back and read the Gospels. Go back and read the times where Jesus was right and had every opportunity to smite some pretty arrogant folks putting them in their pharisaical places, but chose humility instead. Go back and read the times where Jesus could’ve publicly shamed some sinful/adulterous men and instead stooped to the ground and drew silently in the dirt. Go back and read how Jesus gave up Heaven for a place, “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:9 ESV. If you know the stories I’m talking about, go back and read them again. Let them invade the prideful places in your heart and not only convict you but change you.
Lastly, if you’re going to rid yourself of pride then you’re going to have to replace it with something else. Replace it with it’s opposite. Humility.
In my opinion true humility is not being a sweet little meek and mild innocent lamb that always shies away from the spotlight and speaks in gentle whispers. True humility is knowing exactly who you are and whose you are and walking boldly and confidently in that life giving all glory and honor to the One who made that possible. True humility is grateful to the giver of the gifting and honors Him by using their gifts to the fullest and for His glory.
Humility is freeing. It may hurt a little along the way (because purging yourself of pride is never pleasurable), but as you work out your humility muscle I know you will discover that escaping pride and embracing humility will get easier and easier along the way.
Today, ask the Lord this BOLD request. Break me down, Lord. Make me less and make You more. Teach me humility, even if it hurts.
Decide today to intentionally submit yourself down a path of humility and I think that you will discover that while the low road is often times more painful to walk it is always the fastest way to get to where God wants you to be.
Praying for you.
SOUL FOOD FAMILY MEAL
As a reminder, we are using the 20-day book study, Soul Food, by Havilah Cunnington of Bethel Church in Redding, CA, to guide our next 20 days, which will spark your own deeper studies with the Bible. This book is the perfect companion to your season of fasting. It looks at the spiritual food that God uses to fill our emotional and spiritual needs. You can order the book on Amazon if you'd like to go a little deeper, but below we will provide you the key thoughts from each day's devotional. There's also a 7-12 minute video that accompanies this study that we highly encourage you to log on and watch. This course is completely free and engaging! You can sign up for the FREE course here.
DAY 18 - Making the Lunch
LIFE IS ORDINARY, GOD IS EXTRAORDINARY
In your ordinary everyday life you always have ingredients for a miracle. Because of who God is He can take the ordinary everyday things and use them, through you, to make a miracle.
BRING WHAT YOU HAVE
God asks you what’s in your hands. Whatever you have, bring it to Him and see Him multiply it so that you can do extraordinary things!
LOOK AROUND TO SEE WHO NEEDS IT
There are so many stories in the Bible where we find ordinary people doing ordinary things, and it becomes an extraordinary moment. God loves to prepare ‘meals’ through our lives, to feed the world.
But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Matthew 14:16-17
No matter what's going on in your life, remember God sees every detail. He's the Master Creator and He's in control. Surrender to that fact and rest. He WILL provide for you!