Intimacy with God through humility requires all of my heart to be engaged when I pray. Pride allows me to justify my sin. Humility allows me to repent. I love the joy that a repentant spirit brings. It is undeniable, and it is irreplaceable.
Petition. Submission. Obedience. Confession. Repentance. All elements need to be employed as we pray to reach the deep intimacy we seek with our Creator. Praying humbly means that I lay out everything in every corner of my being before God. He is ready and waiting for us. It is all about Him and not about me. Praying with reckless and relentless humility will lead us to God’s heart.
Father, I confess that at times I have offered You prideful, self-centered, self-serving prayers. I forced You to answer “no” because I focused on my glory and not Yours. Please lead me to quickly confess and repent and to instantaneously submit and obey. This is not about convincing You to bless me but about glorifying You in how I pray. May my reckless and relentless passion for You lead along the road of humility.
–Taken from The Path toward Passion (Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s) by Dean Trune.
Praise the God of truth, whose words are trustworthy (2 Sam. 7:28). Thank Jesus for being the only way, truth, and life (Jn. 14:6). Confess the times you’ve chosen to believe the lies of Satan rather than the true promises of God. Commit yourself, as a member of Christ’s body, to speaking truthfully in all your relationships (Eph. 4:25). Ask God to buckle the belt of truth around your waist.
The devil is “a liar and the father of lies” (Jn. 8:44). Ask that Satan’s empty schemes will be exposed and that unsaved people will believe in Jesus.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend