Prayer is the manifestation of a humble heart. Humility secures the grace of God and our victory. The humble heart is not an option; it is a necessity. E. M. Bounds, who well understood the life of prayer, said, “God puts a great price on humility. . . . That which brings the praying soul near to God is humility of heart. That which gives wings to prayer is lowliness of mind. It gives access to God when other qualities fail.”
Victory flows from the heart of humility because the grace of God is applied. When we understand this principle, our whole perspective changes. And the greatest example of this principle is the Lord Jesus. Immediately before going to the Garden of Gethsemane and on to Calvary, Jesus told His disciples, “These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Father, my own ego assaults me daily. Help me to die to self continually so that my victory will flow from a heart of humility. Thank You for Your precious grace through the Son who has overcome the world!
Praise God, for his mercy endures to all generations. Thank him for receiving you without hesitation. Confess thoughts which prevent you from exploring God’s mercy. Commit yourself to listening to his still, small voice. Jesus whispers, “Come unto me.” Ask God to help you see the many ways he shows you his mercy.
Pray that God will create tender hearts in his people, the church. Pray for renewed passion to share Christ and his mercy.
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend