Humble Me, Lord

Though God calls me for a purpose and promises to walk with me in the Way, God does not promise to ensure my emotional or material comfort. Jesus does not promise that this life of ministry will be pleasant, only that he will accompany me. If I want to be faithful to God’s plan for my life, I must first accept that faithfulness may not look anything like success. The Lord does not protect his faithful ones from suffering, only from corruption.

In my experience, one prayer that God answers consistently and immediately is this one: “Lord, humble me.” Help me to set my sights lower, smaller, simpler. Teach me to quit making the ministry about myself – even vicariously through my community. Show me how to be truly surrendered, bearing my cross for the sake of the gospel. Allow me to shed my need to “be somebody” in this world – to accept that I am just an “extra” in this great historical drama. No one needs to know my name.

Humble me, Lord. Make me less aware of myself and teach me to attend to the needs of others. Deepen my life of prayer – not to increase my own comfort, but so that I emanate your peace, joy and guileless love to those around me.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of
     did not regard equality with God
     as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
     taking on the form of a slave,
     being born in human likeness,
And being found in human form,
     he humbled himself
     and became obedient to the point of
          death –
     even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him
     and gave him the name
     that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
     every knee should bend,
     in heaven and on earth and under
          the earth,
and every tongue should confess
     that Jesus Christ is Lord,
     to the glory of God the Father.
– Philippians 2:5-11