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  1. The prayer of humility that comes to mind is found in Christ Objects Lessons page 159. It is from the chapter on Christ parable of the two worshipers, based on: Luke 18:9-14. I hope you don't mind I copy and paste, I want every word the be read.
    "Lord, take my heart; for I cannot give it. It is Thy property. Keep it pure, for I cannot keep it for Thee. Save me in spite of myself, my weak, unchristlike self. Mold me, fashion me, raise me into a pure and holy atmosphere, where the rich current of Thy love can flow through my soul."
    Humility is a gift from God it should be on our lips each morning, noon, and evening prayer as a request as much as forgiveness. I believe that when we get to heaven we will depend on Him. One dependence I am looking forward to is eating from the tree of life, every 977 years. I imagine the fruit will be so good that I wouldn't mind at all eating from it daily, I can't imagine multitudes eating from one tree every day, all thing are possible with God.
    Our humility will not wain in heaven, it is good to accept the gift of humility here, where characters are formed for eternity.
    Last week we were reminded it is best to correct error with meeting the error on common ground, respect for even the pope. Yes I too enjoy reading Mr. Crafts posts. I do believe he quoted Evangilism p.305.

    • I like the following quote that places the one from COL, page 159 in context.

      “Those who are unwilling to deny self, to agonize before
      God, to pray long and earnestly for His blessing, will not obtain
      it. How few have ever had their souls drawn out after
      God with intensity of desire until every power is on the
      stretch.” Great Controversy, page 621.

      So this prayer that brings humility is not an easy fix that requires no effort. I believe that spiritual exercise is the one thing we must force ourselves to do as our human desires resist. Jesus spent all night in prayer when He felt the need. At the age of 17 Ellen White spent all night in prayer for her friends.

      I love this intensity that is to be experienced and am so thankful that we have the example of Jesus to follow.


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