I am a huge fan of A.W. Tozer. His writings have really grown me and almost always pierce my heart ad challenge me to go deeper in my walk with the Lord. I read his daily devotional- Renewed Day by Day and usually am forced to share my learnings on Facebook or Twitter because it is so challenging. Here in this blog, I am going to share an entry that really has been my prayer and desire since reading it. I hope it inspires you to pray with me!
Longing for God
“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. John 4:14
Almost every day of my life I am praying that “a jubilant pining and longing for God” might come back on the evangelical churches everywhere!
We do not need to have our doctrine straightened out; we are as orthodox as the Pharisees of old. But this longing for God that brings spiritual torrents and whirlwinds of seeking and self-denial—this is almost gone from our midst.
I believe that God wants us to long for Him with the longing that will become homesickness, that will become a wound to our spirits, to keep us always moving toward Him; always finding and always seeking; always having and always desiring!
So the earth becomes less and less valuable and heaven gets closer as we move into God and up into Christ.
Dare we bow our hearts and say, “Father, I have been an irresponsible, childish kind of Christian—more concerned with being happy than with being holy. O God, wound me with a sense of my own sinfulness. Wound me with compassion for the world, and wound me with love of Thee that will always keep me pursuing and always exploring and always seeking and finding!”
If you dare to pray that prayer sincerely and mean it before God, it could mean a turning point in your life. It could mean a great door of spiritual victory opened to you!”
We are a people who simply need more of God. We don’t need to squabble over minor doctrinal difference, go on witch hunts to find the biggest heretic and waste time researching why they are so devilish. We need more of GOD. We need to be people who seek the Spirit’s enabling, not the “wisdom of man”. I agree with Tozer and am saddened as he was at the state of the church. Many would say we are where we are because “we’ve not believed the right things” or “Our doctrine is a mess” or “we have too many heretics influencing our leaders”. Yet, if we are pursuing God, if we are on our knees KNOWING Him, all of these things we are fussing about will go away…naturally.
So, may this be my prayer. May this be your prayer. May we dare to make this our cry to the Lord!