“Though the Lord is on high, yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar” (Psalms 138:6).
During your prayer time, catch hold of His feet, humble yourself and pray. God likes you to be low in the heart. He gives grace to the humble. He redeems those who are humble. Humility is one of the characteristics of God.
At the same time, satan was heaven’s Lucifer. He was the prime Cherub. God pushed him down from the heaven as vanity engulfed him. Cherub who had been anointed to cover fell down like a demon because of his pride. He was the one to bring pride to the mankind.
Firstly he fed Adam and Eve too with pride. He told them that if they eat the forbidden fruit, their eyes will be opened and they will be like God. Hearing this, Adam and Eve imagined how great it would be if they turn into God with all power and authority. The very thought of this brought pride into them. With pride there was no upliftment. They were chased out of the Eden Garden.
Dear children of God, every time you pray, ask “Lord, give your humbleness to me. Be gracious towards me God so that I am humble before you, your servants and believers. Similar to how you seek holiness and how you seek the Spirit of Prayer, seek a humble heart also.
Do you want to do God’s work with power? Do you preach for God with utmost effort? At the end say, God, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’ (Luke 17:10).
While praying make a vow that you would not become headstrong, when you come across elevation of great heights and attainment of wealth and fame but be committed with humility. Give glory to God alone. Then God will sympathise with you and bless you more.
Concentrate on the Scripture portion of Luke 18:10-14. There, two persons were praying. When the Pharisee prayed, he prayed with pride, boasting himself. More than that, he was degrading the tax collector who was also there for praying. But the tax collector who stayed away from the church did not have even the boldness to raise his eyes to the heaven. He beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner! ’God exalted him as the righteous. His prayer was heard.
To meditate: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (I Peter 5:5). “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up” (James 4:10).