I’m on my third day of a Daniel fast. James 4:10 says that humility leads to exaltation or greatness. One of the best ways for me to humble myself is to fast and pray (opposite of the world of self-help might tell you). But when you deny yourself what your body needs (food) to go after God, well, God digs that and He will lift you up.
Zig Ziglar said “Humility will open more doors than arrogance ever will.”
The proverbs states “Pride goes before destruction”
Son, O Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart (mind), even though you knew all this. And you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven, and the vessels of His house have been brought before you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines have been drinking wine from them; and you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which do not see or hear or understand. But the God who holds in His hand your breath of life and your ways you have not honored and glorified [but have dishonored and defied]. (Dan 5:22, 23)
Belshazzar should have known better, because he knew the story of his dad or grandpa, Nebuchadnezzar, when he lifted himself up to God’s status, he was immediately sentenced to 7 years grazing in the field with the cows.
This is my prayer for today: Father, I come before you today humbly owning my need for the Spirit of God to teach me wisdom and free me for an abundant life. Oh, and that I wouldn’t just be satisfied with moments of prayer. Give me a renewed love for spending much time with you in vital, humble, and expectant prayer.