Thursday, July 30, 2009

Soul-Stirring, God-Thirsting Prayers

One of the great things about The Pursuit of God, by A. W. Tozer, are the prayers at the end of each chapter.

The book is a rich read, and it is encouragement at the soul level, and it is a wonderful book even without the prayers.

But the prayers are the icing on the cake. (I suppose that metaphor only works if you like icing, unlike my wife, but that's another story--I think you know what I mean.)

I sometimes pull the book off the shelf just to pray 1 or 2 of the prayers.

Here's the prayer at the end of ch. 1.

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 of 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, that so 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. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

How many times since reading this prayer have I prayed, "I want to want You more."

(Read the whole book online, or just look at the prayers at the end of each chapter.)

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