Day 12 of the Morning Quiet Time Challenge begs us to pause in humility. We’ve spent nearly 2 weeks (re-)committing to a serious pursuit of revitalizing our relationship with God through spending the first 15 minutes of our day in our secret place with Him. Today, we bow before Him as the humble creatures we are.
If you missed any of the earlier posts, take this time to catch up before continuing:
NOTE: I’m basing this challenge on my friend Bob Sorge’s book “Secrets of the Secret Place,” if you’d like to follow along. I bought this book the first night I met and heard Bob speak, and it was a real blessing at a time I was struggling to get back into a daily morning prayer and Bible-reading time. I highly encourage you to buy your own copy today. I promise it will be one of the best investments you make. (Buy it here now. It’s on sale!)
Our Foolish Pride
I believe that the root of all sin can be traced back to pride. One of the most prideful things we can do is avoid our secret place. Not making time for God, not going to God in prayer, not spending time in His Word….all these things are sure signs we are so full of ourselves that we don’t think we need God anymore. We like to rationalize it as independence, or that things are just going good, or simply being “too busy,” but God knows what it really is: our own foolish pride.
Pride says “I want to do this,” and “I’m going to do that, ” and “I’m doing pretty good right now!” But God doesn’t want a proud, independent heart. God is looking for a humble servant who will leave his pride at the door when he enters into his secret place. In his book, Bob shares this prayer in his book:
Lord, I am empty without Your fullness; I am broken without Your wholeness; I am helpless without Your strength; I am clueless without Your wisdom. Apart from You I am nothing. I need You! I need You so desperately that I am pouring myself out to You here in the secret place.
The Joy of Humility
When we meditate on the unmeasurable greatness of Our Heavenly Father, we cannot help but be overwhelmed by our own unworthiness. Whatever good there is in us, we understand to be a blessing from God. Whatever wisdom we have attained, we know it is granted us from Heaven. Whatever wealth we’ve accumulated, we acknowledge to be a gift from Him. He gave it to us that we might give it all back to Him. It is our privilege to offer it up with thanksgiving and praise.He gave it to us that we might give it all back to Him. - Bob Sorge, Secrets of the Secret Place Click To Tweet
Every Knee Shall Bow
If you believe Jesus to be the Son of God, you know that one day all of creation will humbly bow before Him, acknowledging His Sonship. Any pretense of pride will have been done away with. We will all be filled with a deep humility in front of our God.
…every knee shall bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:10-11
As you spend time in your secret place today, examine areas of pride in your own life. Ask God for forgiveness, and for an increased awareness of it in the future. Then the next time the enemy shoots flaming arrows of pride in your direction, stop them mid-flight your the shield of faith (Ephesians 6:10-18). Humble does not mean weak! And don’t beat yourself up for natural, prideful tendencies. Like everything else, the battle against pride is a process. But God will honor your humility, so remember….