Humility, an Essential Element of Prayer

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October 27, 2013 by bobet888

“…for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted. ” 

Luke 18 : 9 – 14

October 27, 2013 Bible Reading and Gospel

One of the most important characteristics of our prayer is that it must be humble. When we go to pray we must approach God recognizing our sinfulness and weakness and the fact that we have received everything good that we have from him. This is what makes our prayer fruitful. God loves a humble, contrite heart. 

Dear Lord, grant me a humble, contrite heart. You know my misery. You know too well the many times I have offended you and turned my back on you. I do not want to pretend that I have never sinned because I know I have. I offer you the misery of my sinfulness so that you can purify it and do with it as you will. I do not want to live my life merely avoiding the big sins. I want to have a deep and intimate relationship with you founded on substantial humility.

source: catholic.net

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