Hope For Today: Humble Prayer

“Peter said to him, ‘Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will.”  Mark 14:29

Peter certainly had plenty of weaknesses.  And most of them were obvious.  He was kind of hot-headed, impulsive, and proud.  From time to time, he would say things that he probably should have kept to himself.

One day, Jesus was talking to His disciples about what was going to happen in the days ahead and how He was going to be crucified.  He said, “you’re going to be temped to deny Me and temped to go the wrong way, so here’s what you need to do.  Pray that you don’t give in to this temptation.”  And you would think Peter, since he had some obvious weaknesses, would be the first on to say, “You’re right, Jesus.  I’m going to take a few extra minutes to pray.”  But no, Peter was proud.  He thought he could overcome anything in his own strength.  He said in effect, “Jesus, what are you talking about?  I’m not going to deny you.  I know better than that.”  Jesus looked at him and said, “Peter, before the rooster crows, you’ll deny me three times.”  He did just that.  He not only denied Christ, but he started cursing, had a fit, and had to walk away feeling guilty and condemned.

Now that might have been avoided if Peter would have just had a more humble attitude and said, “You know what Jesus?  This is going to be difficult.  I can’t don this in my own strength.  I’m going to take Your advice and ask God to help me.  I’m going to spend an extra few minutes in prayer.”

The Scriptures tell us that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (see James 4:6).  Let Peter’s example serve as a reminder to keep yourself humble before the Lord.

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