a prayer from tozer.

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“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.” -A.W. Tozer

Stumbled upon this quote by one of my favorite pastors and authors today, and so many thoughts came to my mind. It honestly perfectly sums up what every Christian is probably going through. Whether you’re going through a dry season in your walk or a fruitful season, this quote speaks so many truths. We should constantly be in this state of mind and of heart; meditate on the goodness of the Lord and remain in a state of thirst for Him whether you feel like you need more of Him or not. Stay in a state of wanting to constantly be filled by the Lord in the times of plenty and in the times of famine. Desire for the Lord to grow you in love and in mercy and allow Him to woo you and pursue you. And as the hymn says, “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love”, we should allow the Lord to lead us and guide us when we go astray, and even when we don’t go astray.

This should be the cry of our hearts every single day, in the good times and in the bad times! Personally, as I adjust to a new job, new home, new friends, new church, etc., I want this to be my prayer to the Lord. Even in the midst of the all the new things in my life at the moment, I want my heart’s one desire to be for the Lord. I want to remain thirsty for Him and for His Word. Amidst all the business of life that will undoubtedly come my way, I want to keep my eyes focused on Him and all that He has for me in this new season. I want to daily be filled by Him and His Spirit so that I can better be used by Him. Just because it’s a new, busy season doesn’t mean that I forsake communion with the Lord. In fact, I need to be saturated daily in the Word of God for strength, wisdom, and guidance.

So friend, check your heart. Talk to the Lord, and pray these things into your life.

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