A Prayer from A.W. Tozer

I have been reading A.W. Tozer’s 2 volume set called The Attributes of God: Deeper into the Father’s Heart. I am almost done. I would most definitely recommend them. Most chapters, I believe, are sermons he preached. Though written in a different time and dated in some of its cultural references, it is all the more bracing when something he says connects across the generational divide and reflects issues that afflict us too. Though for a more concise book of Tozer’s on similar themes, I would recommend his book The Knowledge of the Holy, which is both theologically rich and accessibly devotional.

I came across one of Tozer’s written prayers tonight, and I find it to be beautiful, honest, and challenging. I share it in the hopes that it may provoke something deep in your heart.

“O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, ‘Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.’ Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long.”

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