Tonight I was at the first of a special series of evening worship services that our church is doing for the Lenten season.  During our guided time of prayer we read this…

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, Jesus.

That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

As we read this I was like, “No way!!”  I mean that in the “I can’t believe we are reading this, cause this is totally what God is doing in my life this Lent season” sort of way.  This is my prayer for the Lenten season, that God would deliver me from me and give me a greater desire for him.

Grace and Peace to you all this Lenten season.

3 Responses to “Lent Prayer: Litany of Humility”

  1. Sarah

    It was a special worship last night…thank you to everyone involved, especially Becky and Kristin!

    When praying through this litany, I kept wondering about how to reconcile humility with the desire to be successful at work. I am interviewing for a position Monday that would be a promotion with more responsibility. I am excited for the opportunity and possibility. I am struggling with how to remain humble while trying to “be preferred to others” who are interviewing for the same position?

    I will continue to pray for humility, but also for assuredness, confidence and peace over the weekend and into Monday. Are these prayers contradictory?

    Reply
    • bryanmarvel

      Hey Sarah –

      Sometimes we live in polarities when it comes to the way of Jesus. Meaning, we think that being humble means letting people walk all over us. Jesus, was obviously the most humble man who ever lived, right? But he didn’t let people walk all over him. Just check out most of the interactions that he had with the pharisees. Jesus was incredibly confrontational and bold with them

      So when I say that we tend to live in polarities, I mean that we typically swing from either being humble and allowing people to walk over us, or we swing to the other extreme and try to be overly confrontational, and often times our confrontation isn’t under girded with love.

      So what I am trying to say is that we need to learn how to bring together both humility and courage/boldness. It is okay to go after a job promotion and get that promotion especially if you are the most qualified person for that job. Cause God has gifted & wired us all in a specific way and we most fully come alive when we are using our gifts and abilities to the fullest potential.

      And so humility isn’t pulling your name out of the hat for the job, but rather asking the question, “what does it look like for me to be humble as I pursue the job?” What does it look like to be humble in the interview process, and what does it look like to be humble if you even get the job?

      My initial thought is that humility in that context is being a servant leader. Being a person who wants to go after the job because you think that you being in this position would be best for the company rather than being just the best move for you personally.

      Hope all that makes sense feel free to fire back other comments or questions.

      Reply
      • Sarah

        Thanks for this, Bryan. Helpful as usual. :) And I have a better idea of how to pray through these next few days.

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