Prayers To Pray

A Litany Of Humility

By March 9, 2016 No Comments

At our small group last week, a friend read this beautiful prayer that really spoke to me. It’s a prayer of humility. It’s beautiful. It’s powerful. It’s raw. And it’s a difficult prayer to pray given our own selfish tendencies and the self-absorbed culture we live in.

I can’t help but wonder how different this world really would be if Christians modelled every word of this prayer. I mostly speak to myself as I type this.

O Jesus! Meek and humble of heart, Hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, deliver me, Jesus
From the desire of being extolled, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being humiliated, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, deliver me, Jesus.

That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That other may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

Amen.

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