The book “The Spiritual Life” by Tanquerey defines Presumption like this:
Presumption consists in an inordinate desire and hope whereby we want to do things which are beyond our strength. It proceeds from too high of an opinion of ourselves, of our natural faculties, of our knowledge, of our strength, of our virtues.
Many people will read this and immediately think something like this, “I definitely know how sinful I am”. What you should say is “Lord show me where I need more conversion”. “Lord, show me how I truly look in your eyes because I know my vision is poor.”
Pride needs to be rooted out of our lives. God resists the proud. He hurries to the humble. Remember Pride can be very sneaky. If you don’t think you struggle with Pride then that is probably a good indication you do.
Here are some ways to help you root Pride out of your life:
- Take Prideful thoughts Captive: Identify particular temptations and prideful thoughts that occur regularly and make an effort to take them captive. Use the prayer, “In the name of Jesus I reject the spirit of Pride and I take that thought captive. Amen”
- Keep more silence: Try fasting from unnecessary talking. Speak only when spoken too.
- Be faithful to daily examinations of conscience: Ask God to reveal those things you don’t see or don’t want to acknowledge.
- Pray the Litany of Humility: