3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
Some verses are simple and straightforward. Taking time to mediate on the verse can open up more options to include in your prayers. This is usually done be asking questions about the verse, researching the definition of terms and or looking at context of the verse.
For instance, you could read the verse and say a simple prayer…God help me to not be proud. And God would hear your prayer and begin to answer it in response to your faith.
But mediating on the verse opens a longer prayer…longer is not more spiritual. But it gives us an opportunity to find deeper and richer expressions of dialogue with God
Father, I wonder if Paul had a problem with pride? Did he have to control his thoughts about being more spiritual than the other disciples. He was definitely smarter and God revealed a lot of truths to him. God what does Paul mean for me to think of myself with sober judgment?
Father, is there anyone in my life, that I think I am more important than, smarter than, more favored, faster, richer, better looking, or better at talking? Forgive me! I ask that your Holy Spirit reveal to me each time that I judge my self as better than some else.
Thank you God that you have distributed faith to me and others as YOU have seen fit. I can already tell you that I don’t always agree or understand how you decided to proportion your gifts of grace. But I trust you know what you are doing for others and that you know me perfectly and what is best for me.
I ask you to help me walk humbly, in Jesus Name, Amen.