I do not like to ask or receive help because it is embarrassing for me. When my friends and family advise me not to do something, the first thing i do is try to find out why i can't do and do it, so I learn the hard why not to do something. My grades and a lot of other aspects of my life have suffered from my stubborn behavior and pride. What prayers should I pray to become humble enough to admit when I am wrong, ask for help, receive help willing, and to listen to others advice instead of pursuing the things people warn me not to do?
FF, my understanding of prayer is different from what it sounds like you are asking about. My concept of prayer is like a conversation with God, and it does not require any sort of formulaic phrases. Why not just tell God exactly what you have said in this post?
Keep in mind, though, that you probably won't get an instantaneous answer! Have you ever heard the joking comment on prayer: Lord, give me patience, and give it to me right now!
Most (not all) spiritual change is gradual, like growth.
Learn to be still Feline, experience comes with time lived. God is "NOT" an ATM Machine, or a Game show like pick a prayer, and get whats behind door 3.
Be still, listen, evaluate, consider and think. You would be much beter off doing that, than just blind prayer.
Aficionada makes great sense with this response. Simply talk to God and express from your heart what your problem is and what you'd like God to do to help you. Then wait patiently. It may take minutes, or hours or a couple of days but God will do His part.
I don't suggest prayers, but do suggest you read Proverbs.
I am young and prideful. Help me find the patience to consider consequences before I act. Help me to quell the impulsiveness that rises up in me, filling me with the urge to rebel and "just do it my way." Help me see that there is no shame in recognizing the wisdom of those who have walked the road before me, for in my mind I know that such is the reasonable, intelligent thing to do. Help me find humility and respect, and from that calm and peaceful inner place, accumulate wisdom of my own, the use of which, in my time, may be why I am finally called upon to guide others on their way.
Maybe try something like that.
Just be open and honest before God. He knows your heart already. But, prayer is His way of drawing us to Himself through communication quiet or aloud. And, prayer if performed out of devotion, submission and dependence on God, acknowledging Him as Lord of your life is humbling in and of itself.
But, to specifically answer you..Pray something along the lines of Lord, I confess I am prideful and stubborn. I ask you to forgive me for my selfishness. I want to be more submissive to You, and I ask you to please according to your gracious and merciful nature to tenderly create a humble heart and spirit in me for the sake of Christ and the Glory of God so that You might shine through me.
But, just a word of wisdom, humility is not an easy lesson to learn. Pain and sorrow may be its greatest teachers. Check out 2 Corinthians 12:7 about how Paul was kept from being spiritually prideful.
What are your motives behind your behaviors? Are they based in fear, arrogance, love, something else? If you are able to examine your underlying feelings behind your behaviors, you start to address your insecurities and find yourself. When you start doing that, you begin to behave in ways that are consistent with your values and principles as a human being. When you operate from a point of inner peace, self acceptance and love, then your behaviors become the same.
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