Reading and Prayer – March 6

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 

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. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

Prayer:

Father in heaven, we praise you for Jesus’ beautiful example of humility.

We strive to be more like Jesus every day.

But our pride often gets in the way.

We think we know everything, when we actually know very little.

Stubbornness rears its ugly head.

We join the tide of selfishness that flows in our land.

Forgive us, Father.

Rescue us from pride before we are disgraced.

Help us choose a path of humility instead.

Father, today help us choose mercy instead of vengeance.

Kindness instead of indifference.

Humility instead of pride.

Gentleness instead of harshness.

Patience instead of impatience.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, help us to place these virtues in our hearts, minds, attitudes, words and actions, whether demonstrated privately, online or in public.

Hold us accountable, Lord.

Make us ambassadors of humility to all around us.

May our words and actions demonstrate Holy Spirit-empowered gentleness and humility to everyone.

Amen.

(adapted from a prayer by Sarah Geringer)