Humbled Before God
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:3–8, ESV)
In the world today does one even know what true humility is? Jesus demonstrated it for us as noted in scripture, our example is He.
When one of the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, His response was, “Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9–10)
Jesus focused their attention, not on themselves or on their needs, but on God. Our prayers reflect the way that we view Him. And the first thing we are to ask is for God's will to be done rather than our own.
Prayers that are not prayed in submission to God's will cannot be proper prayers. Prayer is not a means for us to get our own way, or to receive what we think we deserve. Prayers that put our will first are dangerous. They may be answered, but we will not be pleased with the result. When the Israelites decided they were tired of having manna drop from Heaven day after day and insisted on having meat to eat, God sent quails into the camp in huge numbers. Yet the psalmist warns “he gave them what they asked, but sent a wasting disease among them.” (Psalm 106:15, ESV)
Humility is asking for what God wants us to have first, our prayers are protected from getting us something that will not be for our good. It is perfectly acceptable to let God know what we would prefer (indeed He already knows even before we pray), but that must always be secondary to what He knows will be best for us.
When we approach God in prayer, we must do it in all humility, acknowledging He is God and our provider who knows what is best for us.