A prayer for humility

Many of you may not know that I have not been abundantly blessed with a spirit of humilty.

I was thinking about this earlier when I ran across the following prayer.

It is my hope that someone finds this as timely and relevent to their needs as I do.


Father, give me a spirit of humility that realizes its ignorance, admits its mistakes, recognizes its needs, welcomes advice, and accepts rebukes.

Help me always to praise rather than criticize, to encourage rather than to disparage, to build rather than to destroy, and to think of people at their best rather than at their worst.

I ask this through Christ our Lord.


If you want to dig deeper into God’s Word on the subject of humility, here are a few must read verses.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”
– Philippians 2:3

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
– Ephesians 4:2

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
– Proverbs 11:2

“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.”
– Romans 12:16

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
– Colossians 3:12

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.”
– James 3:13

“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.”
– 1 Peter 3:8

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
– Matthew 11:29-30

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
– 1 Peter 3:3-4

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
– Micah 6:8

“God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.”
– 1 Corinthians 1:28-29

“Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.”
– Proverbs 29:23

“Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.”
– Proverbs 15:33

“Humility is the fear of the Lord;
its wages are riches and honor and life.”

– Proverbs 22:4

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
– 2 Chronicles 7:14

“Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.”
– Colossians 3:18-19

“Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.”
– Proverbs 18:12

“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.”
– Daniel 4:37

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”
– Matthew 6:2

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
– 1 Peter 5:6

“Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.”
– Psalms 25:8-9

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
– Galatians 5:13

“To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
– Philippians 4:20

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
– James 4:10

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11 replies

  1. We achieve this when we we realize God drives the bus and we are His passengers.

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  2. Nice one James. I too, often suffer from a lack of humility. Wow, sometimes you just wake up in the morning and just the thing you need to hear is staring you in the face..God’s pretty smart that way huh?

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  3. Well said! Something I love about humility, it actually feels good, it feels right. It’s pride and shame that causes so much of our suffering. God wants us to have peace and to be content, and that is one of the benefits of humility.

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  4. Reblogged this on Reinvention Diary and commented:
    Some good thoughts on humility.
    In my experience, without humility the is no possibility of other virtues: faith, kindness, chastity, contrition, detachment from possessions, all depend to a greater or lesser degree on humility. It is not a coincidence that all of the above are, along with humility, typically Christian virtues.



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