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Come to Him with humbleness
Ezra 8:21-23 21 Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions. 22 For I was ashamed to request of the king an escort of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy on the road, because we had spoken to the king, saying, “The hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him.” 23 So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer.
Ezra, when returning to Jerusalem with some of the children of Israel, called for a fasting and prayer before the Living God Almighty. While returning on the way, they humbled themselves to know the way that God wants to lead them and protect them from the enemy, their life and their belongings. Going near Him with humbleness is the effective way to get more clarity in listening to God’s voice. To the humble, He gives more grace. To the haughty, He shuts His face and allows him to fall in his folly.
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What is humbling? If we look at 2 Sam 6:22, humbling is bringing down one’s dignity to the lowest value. King David brought himself down before the Lord to worship the God of all flesh. He did not consider himself as a king and pride fully sat on a chariot and returned with the Ark of the Covenant. But, he humbled himself and walked before the Lord God and worshiped with other fellow Israelites. When we humble ourselves, our spirit will get clarity and the truthfulness of our spiritual life will come out and stand before us. When we are in this state, we can worship the Lord God with truth and spirit by cleansing any impurities with the blood of the Holy Lamb of God.