Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ideas on Humility and Our Nation

Intimacy with God, humility and service are areas we must pursue in our lives. Let's consider humility.

Humility is the opposite of pride. It seeks to honor others over itself and to do the best for them. It's teachable, accepts counsel and correction and shares the good it has with others. Pride, being
self-centered, wants to exalt itself in every situation and believes the purpose for everything is personal gain and benefit. Pride doesn't permit others to teach him, give counsel nor correct him. It takes all for itself and shares with no one, unless, of course, sharing can result in some personal benefit.

Our prayers can indicate if we are humble and live to serve. Let's consider our prayers in the present economic crisis and political situations in which we are living. Normally our prayers are focused on our needs and desires; our praying is a complaint session where we criticize our leaders and murmur about the decisions made by others. That is to say, we are seeking the best for ourselves and we are cursing our authorities.

If we want to pray with an humble attitude, how should we pray? 2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us to humble ourselves and repent for our part in the present situation; for our self-centered prayers and our complaining, murmuring and cursing of others. Let us change our attitude. Let's start to be more concerned for the manifestation of the kingdom of God here on earth as it is in heaven. Let's seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness [Matthew 6:33], let's pray for our government and authorities with petitions and thanksgiving [1 Timothy 2:1, 2] and let's seek the peace and well being of the city God has sent us to [Jeremiah 29:7]. In that way a peaceful life of
well being, tranquility and dignity will be added to us. Let's pray that God's will be done and that the Lord be glorified in our nation.
Let's pray that heaven invade earth.

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