Shepherd of Hermas: Pray with humility

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Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7

“Every prayer should be accompanied with humility. Fast, therefore, and you will obtain from the Lord what you plead for.”

Shepherd of Hermas (c. AD 100-160) 2.16, as recounted in A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs, ed. by David W. Bercot (Peabody: Hendrickson, 1998) 274.

To pray with humility is to set aside your desires for God’s heart. The “setting aside” of “your desires” part is fasting. We do this so we can experience God lifting us up and giving us what we really need.

I don’t where today’s post finds you. But I pray, as you fast this Lent and set aside your desires, that you receive what you desire from God and so much more because you fasted and prayed with humility and because He is so generous.