He must increase, but I must decrease . . . (John 3.30)
This is one of my favorite verses in all the Bible. Not only is it a great declaration of humility; it is also an awesome prayer for any and all believers to pray. I would say it encompasses beautifully and succinctly a prayerful attitude. Perhaps, better than any passage throughout Scripture, in only a few brief words.
Of course, it will never even be the most popular verse in its own chapter! But, along with that other verse in John 3, this verse should be close to it. Once we receive the grace proclaimed to us in 3.16, we should immediately turn to the humble attitude of 3.30. This is a prayer which can accompany us all the days of our faith journey. From the very first steps to the last hill we climb. Read the rest of this entry »