Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Clothed with Humility

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
Deliverance does God dispense,
and flowing blessings daily send;
he is my fortress and defense,
on him my soul shall still depend.
 —Psalm 62:7
Suggested tune: Abends (LM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
All who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.
—Luke 18:14
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
God puts a great price on humility of heart. It is good to be clothed with humility as with a garment. It is written, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” That which brings the praying soul near to God is humility of heart. That which gives wings to prayer is lowliness of mind. That which gives ready access to the throne of grace is self-depreciation. Pride, self-esteem, and self-praise effectually shut the door of prayer. Whoever would come to God must approach him with self hidden from their own eyes. They must not be puffed-up with self-conceit, nor be possessed with an over-estimate of their virtues and good works.
—E.M. Bounds
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
God, be merciful to me, a sinner!
—Luke 18:13
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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