Theme: Breaking Chains, Embracing Humility
Message: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” – Philippians 2:3-4 Prayer Points:
- Thank God for the example of Christ, who humbled Himself and became a servant for our sake.
- Pray for the grace to cultivate a spirit of humility in your interactions with others.
- Ask God to help you recognize and let go of any pride or arrogance that may be hindering your relationships or your spiritual growth.
- Pray for the wisdom to seek out the perspectives and opinions of others, and to value their input and insights.
- Ask God to help you see others as He sees them, and to have compassion and empathy towards those who may be different from you.
- Pray for the courage to admit your own shortcomings and to ask for forgiveness when necessary.
- Ask God to help you serve others with joy and sincerity, without seeking recognition or reward.
- Pray for the humility to learn from those who are different from you, and to appreciate the diversity that God has created in His people.
- Ask God to help you cultivate a heart of gratitude and contentment, rather than a spirit of entitlement or greed.
- Pray for the grace to love others selflessly and sacrificially, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us.
When we accept and practice humility, it can change our lives. Humbling ourselves lets God’s grace flow freely and gives us real freedom in Christ. Christ epitomizes meekness. Through God, He humbled Himself and became faithful even to death on the cross (Philippians 2:5-8). His example inspires us to put others first and serve them joyfully. Humility helps us see others as God’s children. Humble helps us become servants who put others first; Knowing we need God’s mercy is true humility. Realizing that our abilities and triumphs come from God makes us less proud and self-sufficient. We know we are fallible but loved by God. Finally, may we emulate Christ’s modesty to overcome pride and self-centeredness. May we value others above ourselves and serve them joyfully and sincerely, realizing our need for God’s grace and others’ worth as fellow children of God. Humility frees us from ego and self-centeredness. We become more like Christ and feel His love when we serve others instead of ourselves.
Humility isn’t self-deprecation. It means accepting our talents and weaknesses without letting them define us. No matter what we do, God loves us. Humility is essential to breaking poor mindsets. It means loving and helping others with Christ’s compassion.
Remember James 4:6, “God opposes the proud but gives favour to the humble.” Humbling ourselves before God and others opens us to His abundant benefits and the freedom of living in His grace.
Today, let us pray for the grace to develop humility and break the poverty mindset. May we rely upon God’s provision and abundance, knowing He has good plans for us and wants to bless us abundantly.
Let Us Pray:
In the name of Jesus, we beg for Your grace and mercy to help us overcome pride and embrace humility. Lord, we acknowledge that we can do nothing without You and beg for Your help to submit to Your will and way in our lives. Father, give us the grace to value others above ourselves, serve others with joy and sincerity, and see the worth and honour of every person as Your beloved children. Help us use modesty to break chains and find Christ-freedom. We ask for the strength to resist self-exaltation and self-interest. Help us emulate Christ, who lowered Himself to serve us. May Your Holy Spirit enable us to follow His example of modesty and service. Lord, we pray for those dealing with pride and its chains. Please touch their souls and show them the beauty and freedom of humility. May Your love and mercy strengthen and free them. Amen.
Revd Sam Adeyemi