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Ministry Prayer for 2022: Lord, Deliver Me From Myself

Ministry Prayer for 2022: Lord, Deliver Me From Myself

By David Manner

Humility is one of the most difficult qualities for those of us in ministry to embrace and sustain. It is always a challenge to be both up-front and unassuming. In the name of excellence we are often unwilling to take a secondary and supportive role. Jorge Luis Borges wrote, “Arrogance is when the image of the Lord has been replaced by a mirror.” And that kind of arrogance can even suggest that what we lead and how we lead it holds more value than whom we lead.

So, for 2022, instead of a desire to be recognized, revered, or rewarded, maybe our ministry prayer should instead be, “Lord, deliver us from ourselves.” In his book, Humilitas, John Dickson defines humility as the noble choice to forgo your status, deploy your resources, or use your influence for the good of others before yourself. We certainly haven’t seen much of that attitude in church life these last two years.

Author, John Fischer refers to setting aside our ego and placing others first as looking out for number 2. Investing in others before us or in people before presentation understands the difference between just doing ministry and actually being a minister.

Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930), the Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius wrote the following Litany of Humility that can serve as a reminder for us in 2022 when we assume our efforts are indispensable to God or that he can’t get it done if we don’t do it for him.

Litany of Humility

O Jesus! meek and humble of heartHear me.

From the desire of being esteemedDeliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being lovedDeliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being extolledDeliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being honoredDeliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being praisedDeliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being preferred to othersDeliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being consultedDeliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being approvedDeliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being humiliatedDeliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being despisedDeliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of suffering rebukesDeliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being calumniatedDeliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being forgottenDeliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being ridiculedDeliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being wrongedDeliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being suspectedDeliver me, Jesus.

That others may be loved more than IJesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than IJesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decreaseJesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be chosen and I set asideJesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be praised and I unnoticedJesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be preferred to me in everythingJesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I shouldJesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

This post was used with permission from Dr. David Manner and first appeared on his blog, WorshipEvaluation.com

 

About The Author

David Manner

Dr. David W. Manner serves as the Executive Director for Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists. Before joining the convention staff in 2000, David served for twenty years in music/worship ministry with congregations in Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma Baptist University; a Master of Church Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; and a Doctor of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.

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