Matthew 16:26 AV
For what is a man profited,
if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?
or what shall a man give
in exchange for his soul?
When humility teaches us dependence,
God touches us with new strength.
In the depression, I discovered I had become too much preoccupied with business, worldly success, and the power of money.
I lost my health. In the midst of the critical experiences, this text, and the sixteenth chapter of Matthew took on new meaning.
I then began to discover how inadequate in His eyes I must be.
I had drifted far from the simple meanings of life through growing big in my own mind. Now I began to see that I had been given both talents and experience as part of a plan.
Then I knew I must learn to give myself over to God’s plan for me.
But knowing God’s will is not easy. One must seek it through prayer, with humility.
The temptation is to pray in the light of our own selfish desires, to color our prayers with the hues of our own wills.
Humility, the core of prayer, became the core of my problem.
It was necessary for me to learn true humility, and, with God’s help, to try to practice it.
▪︎ Ask God to help you to see yourself as you really are.
▪︎ Ask God to grant to you the strength of will, and the courage of heart necessary
to shape your life after His divine plan.
▪︎ Ask God to teach you to pray according to true needs, not according to selfish desires.
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