Prayer To Keep Me From Spiritual Pride

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Prayer To Keep Me From Spiritual Pride

In the year 587 BC, the city of Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonians after an 18 month siege. Once they controlled the city, the Babylonians deported most of the leading citizens to exile in Babylon and set up military control over the southern kingdom of Judah.

There were resistance fighters who carried on the war hoping to overthrow the new rulers and the foreign governor who had been left behind to assure compliance.

The Babylonian military official at this time was Gedaliah, and soon after the siege he and a party of his men were ambushed by Jewish guerrilla fighters and they were killed.

Of course, this was against God's will because through the prophet Jeremiah God had told the Jews to comply with their new rulers.

After the plot was discovered by Jewish civilian leaders, they became afraid of the retaliation by the Babylonians and so began planning an escape to Egypt. Before they escaped they went to seek counsel from the prophet Jeremiah.

In Jeremiah 42 we pick up their story, which will raise the question that I want to discuss with you in this Mini Book.

Then all the commanders of the forces, Johanan the son of Kareah, Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people both small and great approached and said to Jeremiah the prophet, “Please let our petition come before you, and pray for us to the Lord your God, that is for all this remnant; because we are left but a few many, as your own eyes now see us, that the Lord your God may tell us the way in which we should walk and the thing that we should do.” Then Jeremiah the prophet said to them, “I have heard you. Behold, I am going to pray to the Lord your God in accordance with your words; and it will come about that the whole message which the Lord will answer you I will tell you. I will not keep back a word from you.” Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the Lord be a true and faithful witness against us, if we do not act in accordance with the whole message with which the Lord your God will send you to us. Whether it is pleasant or unpleasant, we will listen to the voice of the Lord our God to whom we are sending you, in order that it may go well with us when we listen to the voice of the Lord our God.” Now it came about at the end of ten days that the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah.
– Jeremiah 42:1-7 As for Jeremiah's answer, he said not to go, to remain in Judah and God would protect them. The Jews refused and many of them sought the protection of Egypt. Eventually, the Babylonians returned to defeat the Pharaoh and the rebel Jews in Egypt.

There is a good lesson here about being careful in obeying God's word and trusting in His strength – but the verse I want to highlight is verse 7 – Ten days later the Lord gave His reply to Jeremiah.

Isn't it amazing that even though Jeremiah was a good and faithful servant of God, even though he was an experienced prophet, even though God knew the answer – Jeremiah had to wait 10 full days for a word of prophecy! Seems to me that God could have just as well revealed the message to Jeremiah on day 1 as day 10 – yet He chose to make Jeremiah persevere in prayer.

We find ourselves in similar positions today, asking God over and over again for certain answers, certain things to happen, but He make us persevere in prayer. He encourages us to keep praying a long time before an answer comes.

I believe there are several good reasons why He does this…

1. Waiting is good discipline

When our prayers are not answered right away it means we have to wait and waiting upon the Lord is a good spiritual exercise. Note what Isaiah says are the benefits of waiting upon the Lord:

Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and justice due me escapes the notice of my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.
– Isaiah 40:27-31

The person in this verse thinks that God does not hear his prayer, is unaware of his problems. He is tired of waiting, he is growing impatient. Isaiah explains what the discipline of waiting upon the Lord will do for him: waiting helps an individual grow strong and overcome his enemies (whoever or whatever they are).

Isaiah reminds this tired and impatient person that God is not him: He does not get tired or impatient when things don't happen right away.

As Christians, we don't depend on exercise or yoga to create spiritual poise or a calm and trusting exterior – it's waiting upon the Lord that builds these things for us.

When our petitions are not immediately answered and we experience a period of prolonged prayer, let's remember that time spent waiting upon the Lord is never wasted.

2. We may not be ready to understand God's will yet

I used to have my own “formula” to successful and fast acting prayer:

  • Believe God can do it (pray believing)
  • Ask clearly and specifically
  • Ask in Jesus' name
  • Be ready to receive NO as an answer

This was a “safe” combination, if I could get all these little ducks in a row it would be buying something from a vending machine: you make the right selection, put in the right change, bingo you get your candy! Of course these things are correct, you must ask believing and put your needs before God coming before Him in Jesus' name; however, one element I did not consider in those days was if God thought I was ready or the time was ready yet.

Abraham and Sarah desired and prayed for a child most of their married life but their prayer was answered only when she was 90 years old! Both she and Abraham were not ready in matters of faith when they first began to ask.

The fact that she had a child at 90 years of age served God's purpose better than if she had had one at 19. She could have at 19, but the birth at 19 would not have created the glory that it did when she had a child at 90.

Paul the Apostle desired in his prayers and strategy to go to Asia to preach the gospel. God prevented (blocked) it, limited it, thwarted his plans, and refused his prayers in this thing.

Paul didn't realize that by going west he would establish the church in the dominant culture of the future.

Because Christianity went west instead of east, it became the largest organized religion in history.

When we pray and say that we are ready to accept God's will, we must be ready that it be radically different than our own. It is important to persevere in prayer because if we do, God will not simply answer the prayer, He will reveal His will to us – this is much more important.

3. Perseverance in prayer reveals the quality of our faith

James says, “I will show you my faith by my works” in James 2:18. When we read this we usually think of good works as those things done to help others in a holy and dedicated lifestyle. But “prayer” is also a work of faith.

  • To direct our words to Christ – this is faith.
  • To believe that He hears, He answers – this is faith.
  • To continue to do so over and over again, to wait patiently for an answer – this is showing that our faith is sincere.

This is a work of faith. That we pray to God in Jesus' name shows that we believe the right things in the right way. That we continue to do so, that we persevere in it is a way of showing that our belief is not only accurate but that it is strong, and real, and goes deeper than just our lips.

Sometimes God leaves us in prayer for a long time because the testing and shaping of our faith is more important than the answering of our prayer.

A good example of this is Paul's constant prayer to God to remove “a thorn in the flesh” that he was suffering from (II Corinthians 12:7). We never find out what the thorn was, and until that moment Paul says that God had not answered his prayer.

However, Paul's persistent prayer had helped him grow in faith to the point where he was ready to suffer with his thorn regardless of God's answer.

When we become bored repeating our prayers at meal times, or prayers during worship; when we become discouraged when our prayers are not answered the way we want, or not answered at all – we need to remember an important reason for persistent prayer.

It is more important that we are a faithful people than a people where prayers are always answered, or quickly answered. Persevering in prayer may not always produce a satisfying answer but it is always a sign of a sincere faith.

When Jesus returns it won't matter what we're praying about so long as He finds us persevering in it.

Practical Pointers in Persevering in Prayer

Prayer is every other exercise, whether physical or spiritual. The more you do it, the better you get at it. If you're going to persevere, here are a few pointers to help your prayer life:

1. Focus on God, not on what you want

The most precious benefit of constant prayer is fellowship with the Lord. If your focus is only on the thing you want, then you're missing the whole point. Jesus says that God knows what you want and need before you even ask for it (Matthew 6:8).

The purpose of prayer is not to continually describe and request what you want; the purpose of prayer is to draw you closer to God, to know Him and His son Jesus Christ.

Jesus says that if we seek His kingdom (His will in our lives) first, He will grant us everything we need.

The great benefit of persevering in prayer is that we develop a relationship with God, not that we finally get what we want.

Remember that it's about:

2. Submission not repetition

Many think that the “thing” to be accomplished in persevering prayer is to repeat every day what it is that they want. Two times a day is better – morning, noon, and night is great. Jesus says, “…

they suppose that they will be heard for their many words” (Matthew 6:7).

This passage is speaking of those who thought their prayers were effective because they repeated them over and over, or they were very flowery and elaborate.

The goal of prayer is surrender, not repetition until you get what you want. In Luke 11:5, Jesus tells the parable of the person who wakes up his friend at midnight to borrow bread. The repeated knocks on the door in the middle of the night were a sign that this man had surrendered all his reserve and pride and was willing to lower himself to disturb his friend because his need was great.

There's no magic number of repetitions where we get what we ask for after asking for it 1,000 times. The exercise of constant prayer should enable us to give up our lives and surrender our wills to God as we lay ourselves open before Him. It's as if we open the portals of our hearts, minds, wills, emotions, memories, and imagination – for Him to enter and fill.

John Powell, in his book “Happiness is an Inside Job,” says that God communes with us through all of these. Constant prayer sees us surrendering our lives bit by bit to God who will provide all the things we need – including the things we ask for, or the ability to live without the thing we ask for. Therefore, submission in prayer yields greater blessings than repetition in prayer.

3. Peaks and valleys

Be ready for mountain top experiences where the presence of the Lord is almost palpable, where His word is so rich and convicting, His will for your life so clear, that your time in prayer will leave you breathless. The only thing stopping you from continuing in the moment is your own weak flesh. These prayer times are separated by many hours of dry reading and times where you think you're only talking to yourself.

We should not be discouraged, even the Apostles who were physically with Jesus, spent many hours simply walking the dusty roads from town to town or rowing across the Sea of Galilee to their next stop.

The time of uninterrupted fellowship in a glorious setting will come when Jesus returns, for even we must persevere in prayer and await those times the Holy Spirit fills us with insight and holy encouragement in the Lord.


The title of the Mini Book is, “Why Keep Praying?” because I assume all of us are already doing this on a regular basis. If you are not praying or only praying once in awhile, you are limiting your spiritual growth and the blessings that come with constant faithful prayer.

There are a lot of things that come with hard work, talent, drive, and dedication — but these things will not produce spiritual balance, or understanding of God's will, or a strong faith — only constant prayer can give you these things.

If these things are missing in your life, perhaps it is time to renew your prayer life before God.

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Bible Verses About Prayer: 20 Important Scripture Quotes

Prayer To Keep Me From Spiritual Pride

God speaks to us through His written word, the Bible. Christians speak to God through prayer.  Prayer is an important part of the Christian’s life; we pray in words and sometimes we pray in song.  Here are twenty important scripture quotes about prayer.

How Often Should We Pray

1 Corinthians 1:4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus,

Ephesians 6:18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

Philippians 1:3-4 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,

Colossians 1:3 (KJV) We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

1 Thessalonians 5:17 pray without ceasing

How Should We Pray

Psalm 66:17 I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue.

Psalm 95:2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in 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, for ever. Amen.

1 Corinthians 14:15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.

James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

What Should We Pray For

Psalm 50:14-15 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

Psalm 118:25 Save us, we pray, O LORD! O LORD, we pray, give us success!

Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May they be secure who love you!

Romans 10:1 Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.

Romans 10:13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Who Should We Pray For

Romans 15:30 I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf,

2 Corinthians 1:11 You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

James 5:13-14 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.

James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Christian Quotes About Prayer

“Those persons who know the deep peace of God, the unfathomable peace that passeth all understanding, are always men and women of much prayer.”~ R. A. Torrey

“Don’t pray when you feel it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.” ~ Corrie ten Boom

“You may as soon find a living man that does not breath, as a living Christian that does not pray.”  ~ Matthew Henry

“Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.”  ~ John Bunyan

“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.” ~ Oswald Chambers 

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Prayer against Pride

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A fool thinks he needs no advice,

but a wise man listens to others.

Proverbs 12:15 TLB

A  Talk with God


What man or woman can truly understand pride?

Who can truly see the extent that pride has infiltrated his or her life?

How can I ever see the extent that the choices I make have been influenced by pride?

Without receiving your wisdom, I will shove your agenda the way.

Without receiving your wisdom, I will be an instrument to wound other people. 

Without awareness of what I am allowing, I am doomed to experience regret.

Thank you for your forgiveness, compassion, and mercy.

Thank you for cleansing my sins and for opening my eyes to see.


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Prayer for Pride

Dear Lord,

You are the Godabove all gods. Your name is Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, EverlastingFather, Prince of Peace. You sit on the throne of heaven. When YOU speak, who dare change yourplans? When YOU move, who dare stop you?

Lord, I have knowingly and I have ignorantly come against your will and your ways. I have spoken words of total surrender to you, and yet Ihave been so ready to protect myself from godly advice and godly change. I havebeen so ready to defend myself against humility.

Open my eyes to theblessings of humility. Let me not see humility as the world sees it, but in itsbeauty and fullness of joy.

I am comforted withthe knowledge that you are full of mercy, compassion, forgiveness, and love.


Copyright © 2004 from the book Praying for your Child

by Beth McLendon and Robert A. Rohm

The above prayer is the beginning of a prayer

found in the book:

Praying for your Child

For the complete prayer,
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Short Prayers against Pride

  Lord, I will allow You and Your Word

to transform me.

Miraculous Lord,

I come to you in prayer.

Change me, Lord.

Change me from the inside.

I will cooperate with you, Lord.

I will allow you to transform me.


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            Change me from the Inside Out

Dear Lord,

I am so full of thoughts of me and what I want.

My selfishness pulls on me to make sure that I am taken care of.

My selfishness is driving me to ungodly decisions and actions.

I need your help to change.


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A man's pride shall bring him low.

Proverbs 29:23 KJV


Becoming more Jesus

Prayer against Pride


My heart beats independently of you too often.

My agenda sits on the throne too often.

Forgive me, Lord.

I am determined to become more Jesus.


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More Jesus

Prayer against Pride

Almighty God,

I pray this prayer by faith:

Today, my heart will grow in love, compassion, tenderness, and mercy.

I will dwell on godly thoughts.

My thoughts will be more pure, holy, and righteous than they were yesterday.

I declare that the pull of my sinful nature is fading.

Today I give my will to you, Lord, so that you can turn my heart in whatever way you desire.

I will make your desires my desires.

In the mighty name of Jesus I pray,


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I Exalt You, Lord, above everything in my life.

I exalt Thee.

God delights in me.

Loving Lord,

Your love for me is nourishing and refreshing.

Your desire for me is to help me grow.

Your Word reminds me that you take joy in me.

You actually delight in me.

And I am learning to delight in you.


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The LORD your God is in your midst;

he is a warrior who can deliver.

He takes great delight in you;

he renews you by his love;

he shouts for joy over you.

Zephaniah 3:17 NET

A Thought-Provoking Prayer Against Pride

O Lord,

When I reflect on my many attempts to selfishly control circumstances in my life, I realize that I am full of pride. 

Meditating on my pride is painful.

It is achallenge to move selfishness the way and look at what you are saying tome.

Give me courage as I look at me.  I need your strength.

As I look, I see that pride has infiltrated mylife.

Lord, my agenda sits on the throne of my heart.

My selfishness has, at times,  drivenme to ungodly decisions and actions.

As my eyes are being opened, I realizethat I will never fully see the extent of damage that has occurred throughthe influence of pride in my life.

I need your strength, and I need your mercy.

Forgive me, Lord.

You tell us that pride comes before a fall.

Without becomingmore aware of my pride, I will continue to stumble and fall.

I want the darkness.

Dear Lord, let me see.

Let me walk in the light, so that I can be aware of truth,and avoid stumbling over the footstool of pride that my actions put in front of me.

Pride is destructive.

It destroys the harmonyand unity of relationships with other people and with you.

Two-part harmony isbeautiful.

I will seek to be unified with you.

If I do not harmonize withyou, I become that clanging cymbal in 1 Corinthians 13. I become a startling sound and a noisy tool of the enemy  – used to cut others down instead of building others up.

Lord, I am beginning to see the true face ofpride.

Pride mars the beauty of who you created us to be. You created each ofus to be a masterpiece, and we splatter your masterpiece with the ugly paint ofselfishness, and it mars the beauty.

There is nothing that shines so beautifullyas the love of Christ radiating my hands, my feet, my countenance, and mywords.

I am desperate to love  the way you designed me to love.

Onlyas I lay down my agenda and lay down my selfish thoughts, can I receive thelove that I need in order to live life abundantly.

I need to respect your commands. I realize that I need to think you.

Lord, I need to pursue you, respect you, andrespect your Word.

Today I dedicate myself to you.

Help me to demonstrate the kind of attitude of respect foryour Word that is pleasing unto you.

In the powerful name of Jesus, I pray,


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 Proverbs 16:18

The CompletePrayer against Pride

This is the full “Prayer for Pride” found in my book

Praying for your Child

Dear Lord,

You are the Godabove all gods. Your name is Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, EverlastingFather, Prince of Peace. You sit on the throne of heaven. When YOU speak, who dare change yourplans? When YOU move, who dare stop you?

Lord, I have knowingly and I have ignorantly come against your will and your ways. I have spoken words of total surrender to you, and yet Ihave been so ready to protect myself from godly advice and godly change. I havebeen so ready to defend myself against humility.

Open my eyes to theblessings of humility. Let me not see humility as the world sees it, but in itsbeauty and fullness of joy.

I am comforted withthe knowledge that you are full of mercy, compassion, forgiveness, and love.

Your love is so perfect and complete toward me and toward my child.

My childwill work to sabotage your plans for his life if he does not begin tounderstand what self-centeredness does to a person’s life. I pray thatselfishness will become distasteful in my child’s mouth. 

Lord, I pray that my child will pursue you and respect you.

I will be contentedin the fact that you have heard my prayer, and that you are lovingly ready tohelp my child and me walk the path of humbleness. 


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