C.S. Lewis said, “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man... It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone.” [1]

Eliminate competition when you pray. Stop comparing yourself to the success or failure of others.

John the Baptist saw something in Jesus that he wanted to emulate.

John 3:
27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.”

In the same way that John saw Jesus’ humility in coming to be baptized, he was able to see himself in a truer light. I must decrease and Jesus must increase. John was very complete and fulfilled knowing that he had served to introduce the Messiah to the world.

It’s the same mindset in Jesus’ prayers and words that point toward the Loving Father. Humility recognizes the One who is greater. Pride tries to be equal to or greater than the One above.

[1] C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity