Pray for Humility

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV

 

Success vs. failure

We are praying that we are a successful church plant. In the first month of weekly services, we would love to be worshiping an average of 100 people. In the first three years, we would love to grow to 400 people. It’s a lofty goal, and it’s possible that it won’t happen, but that is how we are praying. We trust God can do amazing things when we remain faithful and trust in God’s miracles.

As much as we hope to be successful, and as hard as we’re going to work to make it happen, there’s actually something worse that could happen than falling short of these goals. There’s something worse than failing.

“What could be worse than failing?” you might ask.

Well, that’s simple. We could actually succeed.

It’s true, success can actually be more dangerous than failing.

If we succeed in filling our church with people, but we do it by cutting corners and hurting people along the way, or if we let the arrogance of success infiltrate our hearts, it would have been better if we failed.

Success wrapped with arrogance is far worse than failure rich with humility.

We are praying that we succeed, but we are also praying that God keeps us humble. We want to be a church of people that confess our sins, humble ourselves, and trust in God’s view of us more than the world’s view. We don’t want recognition. We don’t want accolades. We want to be a church that walks humbly with our God. True success will be to gather hundreds in worship while keeping true to the humility of Christ—any other kind of success will ultimately be a failure.

Will you humble yourself before God on behalf of this new church start? Surrender your feelings of pride and arrogance. Confess your sins. Lay everything out before God, and pray that God would come and heal our land.

Pray that God keeps us humble, while also helping us to reach our breakthrough goals. Pray that our leaders are able to maintain a healthy discipline of prayer and study, so that their spiritual life isn’t attached to the success or failure of the church plant. Pray that we succeed not only by worldly standards, but also in the content of our character.

 

Joe Graves