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Humility & Obedience in the Church

by , | Mar 17, 2024 | 40 Days of Prayer (2024)

Humility & Obedience in the Church

1 Corinthians 12:7

Humility becomes the most visible and real when we look to the cross. Because of the cross, God shows us perfect humility through his Son, and we are given faith as a gift that we treasure and ponder in our hearts. When we place our faith in Jesus Christ and surrender to his working through obedience, He bestows on us the power of the Holy Spirit. Our lives diminish as He increasingly becomes bigger. As we grow in the knowledge that we are powerless to obey apart from Him, we come to realize our need for dependence on Him. No longer do we need to hide our shame, because He already knows every sin that we have done or will do. We can accept that our life is no longer our own, and because we know that there is nothing we can do to earn our salvation, humility expands into the far reaches of our souls. We realize that humility is not about making ourselves smaller, but about accepting the truth of God’s bigness. Philips Brooks profoundly writes, “The true way to be humble is not to stoop until you are smaller than yourself, but to stand at your real height against some higher nature that will show you what the real smallness of your greatness is.” Our humility, indeed, allows Christ to shine in us, and as he shines in us as individuals, we shine even brighter through unity with other believers in the body of Christ. We are each given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. As we grasp and understand what true humility is and what it looks like, Christ is able to take His rightful place and we are able to take our rightful place, and that is reflected out into the world.

Don’t forget to share your stories with us! We’re eager to hear how God is moving in your life during this sacred season of prayer.

Monday, 3/18, Prayer Prompt:

Spend time centering your heart on your Heavenly Father. Focus on His goodness and the fact that we are adopted as His children. Our intimacy with Him should mimic that of a child sitting on daddy’s lap (Romans 8:15). He knows all and loves so completely that all fear is driven out.

Tuesday, 3/19, Prayer Prompt:

Spend time centering your heart on Jesus.  Focus on the incredible rest He provides as the work (of the cross) is done!  What flows out is all in response to the finished work.  Our very being is joined and united with our Creator through the work of the Son.  Let this truth permeate your being as you imagine God living in you.

Wednesday, 3/20, Prayer Prompt

Spend time focusing on the Holy Spirit.  Scripture says He is the person of the Godhead who convicts us, comforts us, and counsels us.  Because Jesus left us and went to heaven, He was able to send someone “greater than Him.”  His absence, rather than becoming a loss, became the gift of His Presence. What joy this brings us!  

Ask yourself, what can you ‘lose’ this week that will make way for more of Him.

Thursday, 3/21, Prayer Prompt:

Why does God call us to humility and obedience? We hear this theme over and over. Ponder the importance of these 2 things. Both are necessary to live out the Gospel and both set Christianity apart from every other religion–this unique relationship with God who paid the price rather than our own works earning us salvation. As we come together in unity, we realize our true place in the body and can accept whatever role we are called to play, knowing that every part is for the glory of God alone. This unity can be illustrated by a mosaic–every piece contributes to the beauty of the whole and any piece that is missing leaves a mark that is evident to all. In this way, no piece is more important than any other, for they all are needed for a complete picture.

Pray for unity in the Body
John 10:30

Friday, 3/22, Prayer Prompt:

In what ways do we contribute to the health of the body?  Conversely, are you doing anything to harm the other parts of the body?  Prayer, encouragement, healing, forgiving, and serving are some of the ways we can be caring for the body.  Ask God to show you how you can build others up.

1 Thess 5:11 Encourage one another–our time is short!

Saturday, 3/23, Prayer Prompt:

As Jesus modeled servanthood, so we must also have a heart of servanthood.  I Peter 4:10, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”

Take a moment to meditate and follow in obedience.  Remember that whether we do something or remain still, both are acts of obedience when God is the One we are listening to.

Don’t forget to share your stories with us! We’re eager to hear how God is moving in your life during this sacred season of prayer.

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