A prayer of surrender - Bible Studies for Life for October 28, 2018
Bible Studies for Life
October 28, 2018
Matthew 6:10-11a; James 4:6-10, 13-17 (HCSB)
In the model prayer, Jesus taught that when we pray we need to seek the heavenly Father’s will (Matt 6:10). This approach to prayer requires a humble submission. However, humility goes against the grain of the world. God wants us to be humble, but the devil wants us to be proud. Pride is one of his chief weapons he uses against the Lord and the Christian.
James taught that humility opens the door to grace. The devil wants us to be proud, which leads to self-sufficiency. God wants us to be humble, which leads to dependence on Him. James wrote, “God gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). As a matter-offact, James wrote, God gives “greater grace.” Does this mean the devil gives grace? No! God’s grace is greater than the power of sin, the flesh, the world and the devil.
James also taught, “God resists the proud” (James 4:6). Pride shuts the door on grace. Pride leads to materialism, search for prestige, desire for power, selfish ambition and a host of other things.
There are a series of Greek imperatives (commands) in James 4 that show us how we can open the door to God’s grace in our lives. We must relinquish control of our lives (James 4:7). This is called submission, which means we place ourselves under God’s control. To do that, we must resist the devil (James 4:7). We must make worship a priority (James 4:8). We must renounce sin, not have a sinful attitude, and be sorrowful about our sin (James 4:8-9). We must humble ourselves and allow God to exalt or lift us up (James 4:10). We are not to be critical and/or judge other Christians (James 4:11-12).
Pride also falsely leads to the idea that we are in control of what happens now and in the future. James wrote we are not to worry about today or tomorrow (James 4:13). It would be better if we humble ourselves and seek the Lord’s will (James 4:15).