The Humility of Prayer

2 Chronicles 7:14 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 will forgive their sin and heal their land.

There are so many ways to go with this one very familiar verse, but today I want to focus on the humility of prayer.

Prayerlessness is characterized by:
• Being more focused on self rather than God
• Arrogance
• An attitude that “I can do it myself”
• The belief that “I don’t need God”
• Unbelief
• Laziness
• Control
• A belief that my plan is best

Prayerfulness is characterized by:
• Humility
• Sacrifice – praying takes time and may require giving up other things
• An attitude that “I need God”
• Faith – believing God is able
• Action – prayerfulness takes intentionality / it is a discipline
• Acknowledging that God is in control
• A belief that God’s plan is far superior to my plan

Genuine, heartfelt prayer foundationally requires humility that expresses, at its very root – I need help from One greater than myself. I am not able. He is able. I know little. He knows everything. I want what I want. He wants what is best for me.

Lord, may my life reflect belief, humility, and earnest prayer.


Diane Hunt is a Biblical Counselor, Women’s conference and retreat speaker and author. She serves as the Director of Partner Care and Director of Women’s Ministries at America’s Keswick. She and her husband John have two married children and four grandchildren. She loves reveling in warm sunny climates and playing with her grandchildren.

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