Written Prayer

A written prayer of A. W. Tozer taken from the Moody Handbook of Preaching:
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, 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. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
I’m impressed by the wisdom of this petition. While I’m grateful for our ability to spontaneously approach the throne, there is something special that is lost when we don’t occasionally take the time to prepare words for our creator.
Have a favorite prayer you’d like to share?

Power of a Prayerful Mission

It’s easy to be flippant about prayer. After all, to unbelievers, we’re just rambling to the walls. Even at our best, we can’t physically see the one in whom we are confiding. Abraham’s servant who was sent to find Isaac’s wife must have realized something of the power of prayer.

When Abraham charged him on his journey — he did it by invoking God’s name.
When he met the girl — he invoked God’s name.
When she turned out to be the right one — you got it…
When she invited him in to her family’s home — he bowed and worshipped.
He greeted others as one who was “blessed by God.”
He gives credit for his success because it happened “as the Lord has directed.”
He told Rebekah’s family that “God led me on the right road.” (Genesis 24:47-48)

You never know what will happen — when you just ask.