It can be challenging to admit one’s need in an era that values self-sufficiency. But that’s just what the Lord asks of those who would follow Jesus. In Matthew 23:12, after having issued a series of warnings against haughty thoughts and self-promotion, Jesus warns, “those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Prayer requires voluntary humility. It is an admission of one’s own limitations and one’s need upon the provision of God. It is a declaration of dependence and admission of vulnerability in a world obsessed with independence and strength over others.
God beseeches us to ask Him for what we need and to admit our weakness and need of His help. “If God is for us, who can stand against us?” Let us demonstrate our trust in God, humbly approaching Him with our needs in joyful expectation of His readiness to answer and to help.