Today I came across a liturgical prayer that requests humility. I thought it quite striking and powerful. I did modify it slightly as made sense to me (apologies to anyone if that causes offense!).
Here it is:
When the litany of humility is prayed in a private setting by two or more people, the lines given in italics below are the responses to a leader.
O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
[Repeat after each line: Deliver me, Jesus.]
From the desire of being esteemed by others,
From the desire of being extolled,
From the desire of being honored,
From the desire of being praised,
From the desire of being preferred to others,
From the desire of being consulted,
From the desire of being approved,
From the fear of being humiliated,
From the fear of being despised,
From the fear of suffering rebukes,
From the fear of being slandered,
From the fear of being forgotten,
From the fear of being ridiculed,
From the fear of being wronged,
From the fear of being suspected.
[Repeat after each line: Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.]
That others may be esteemed more than I,
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease,
That others may be chosen and I set aside,
That others may be praised and I unnoticed,
That others may be preferred to me in everything,
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should.
I do think that many of these desires are good and right - but they find their truest, deepest, lasting fulfillment when they are met in fellowship with the Triune God.
In addition, freedom from these desires and fears, can give us strength to live for God’s will in humility and confidence.
I welcome further thoughts or other prayers for humility.