“We have heard of the pride of Moab—
how proud he is!—
of his arrogance, his pride, and his insolence . . .
When Moab presents himself,
when he wearies himself on the high place,
when he comes to his sanctuary to pray,
he will not prevail.”
When Jesus spoke to people about praying, he used the Greek word aetio (to ask). “Ask and it will be given to you (Matthew 7:7).”
Aetio suggests the attitude of a suppliant, the petition of one who is lesser in position than the one to whom he prays.*
*adapted from Vines Complete Expository Dictionary.
The One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy . . . revives the spirit of the lowly and the heart of the contrite (Isaiah 57:15).
Though High and Holy, he responds to humble prayer.
If you pray, “Lead me by your truth and teach me (Psalm 25:5).
Then you should know, “The Lord leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way (Psalm 25:9 bold mine).”
Humility in prayer, and in life, are essential to God’s leading through prayer.
It is a solemn thing to speak with God.
When we enter his presence we should say to ourselves: “I am on holy ground. This is no other than the gate of heaven. If I do not mean what I say, I am trifling with God. If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.”*
*J. C. Ryle, A Call to Prayer, p.25.
Want to be learn humility? Pray with praise.
Boast only in the Lord.
Constantly speak his praises.
Tell of God’s greatness.
(from Psalm 34:1-2).
Guard against pride when you pray.
God opposes the proud but favors the humble (James 4:6).
We pray because we can’t live well without God.