Why is the Devil afraid of humility? It is the polar opposite of Satan’s being full of himself. Jesus maintained a mindset of humility. He depleted himself or let himself be lowered to a lesser role in order to bring the fullness of God to empty, humble people.
Every example of Jesus’ prayers to the Father reflected a great self-awareness and a forward thinking hope. He knew who He was and resisted the Devil’s temptation to exalt himself beyond who he was to be in his earthly mission.
His very life was an emptying out that the theologians entitled ‘Kenosis’. This simple Greek word kenoo means emptying and depletion. In the temptations Christ faced in the wilderness, Satan resisted Christ’s humility and appealed to a false sense of arrogant pride.
We must learn to pray ourselves into emptiness. In the emptying place of prayer, we are met with the fullness of God’s Spirit. We are filled at the same time we are emptied.