I have been reading "Praying God's Word" by Beth Moore. Many of you already know that I am a huge fan of Beth's. Not a groupie, mind you, but a fan of her methods of teaching and the way she teaches. She is wonderful at it, and the Lord has blessed her tremendously. Anyway, I began reading this about 3 months ago and then I lost the book and have recently found it. I try to read through a chapter and mark the prayers that are significant at that moment. Them before I go to bed, I pray them. They have really opened my eyes, not only to myself and my thoughts and actions, but to the outside world as well. I can more readily see things that I might not have before. Last night I read the chapter on Pride. I don't consider myself prideful, but there in lies the problem. Does anyone consider themselves prideful? Am I being prideful by not thinking I am? Now I understand why pride is so difficult to discern. I wanted to leave you with a few excerpts from the book:
*Father, you led your children, the Israelites, all the way in the desert for forty years, to humble them and to test them in order to know what was in their hearts, whether or not they would keep your commandments. (Deut.8:2) Help me to understand that sometimes You lead me on certain paths to humble me also and to see what is in my heart. purify my heart, Lord, so that You will take joy in what you find
*Like the apostle Paul, help me to serve You, Lord, with great humility and with tears, even when I am severely tested (acts 20:19)
*O, God, please help me to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men. (Titus 3:2)
*Father, You have told me to do nothing our of selfish ambition or vain conceit but in humility consider other better than myself. (Phil. 2:3) Right at this moment, I confess all selfish ambition and vain conceit to You. Forgive me for so often considering myself better than others. Help me to look not only to my own interests but also to the interests of others. Please give me an attitude as that of Christ Jesus. (Phil. 2:4-5)
* Under conviction of worldliness, many well meaning persons have simply transferred their huge egos from the world to the church. Beware of spiritual ambition. We are most useful to God when poured free of self and full of Christ.