I try to read through Tozer’s The Pursuit of God 2-4 times a year because I truly believe it has so much to say, that one read isn’t enough to get the full impact. I know myself as well and know that I need that message again and again to convict me to seek God and God alone for what I need.
At the end of each chapter, Tozer closes with a prayer. I want to share the prayer at the end of Chapter 8, because it hit home with me, struck a chord and caused me to pause and see if I truly meant what I was about to pray. It was a good heart check and I think it will be for you as well.
“O God, be Thou exalted over my possessions. Nothing of earth’s treasures shall seem dear unto me if only Thou art glorified in my life. Be Thou exalted over my friendships. I am determined that Thou shalt be above all, though I must stand deserted and alone in the midst of the earth. Be Thou exalted above my comforts. Though it mean the loss of bodily comforts and the carrying of heavy crosses I shall keep my vow made this day before Thee. Be Thou exalted over my reputation. Make me ambitious to please Thee even if as a result I must sink into obscurity and my name be forgotten as a dream. Rise, O Lord, into Thy proper place of honor, above my ambitions, above my likes and dislikes, above my family, my health and even my life itself. Let me decrease that Thou mayest increase, let me sink that Thou mayest rise above. Ride forth upon me as Thou didst ride into Jerusalem mounted upon the humble little beast, a colt, the foal of an ass, and let me hear the children cry to Thee, “Hosanna in the highest.”‘ (The Pursuit of God, by A.W. Tozer)
The bolded portion is what hit me the hardest. I desire to serve Him and bring Him glory…but being willing to be completely forgotten for His glory is what caused me to pause. This prayer earnestly seeks to place God above everything, and everyone. It’s a toughy but a goody as some folks would call it.
The real problem that comes into play is that we have got to mean it when we pray things like this. No fingers crossed, no praying it because it simply sounds nice…because God loves to answer prayers like this. I better watch out! You’d better watch out! To pray this prayer will allow the Spirit to change and rearrange our priorities. Am I ready? Are you ready? If so…let’s make this our new prayer!