Oh God our Father, how easy it is to backslide, to be living and yet be dead. How easy it is to become part of a troop of jolly church people, chattering and giggling, while the world grows old, the judgement draws near, hell enlarges its borders and the antichrist prepares himself to take over. While the world is unifying itself and getting ready for a king, oh God, my church is playing and saying, “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing” (Revelation 3:17). We have more people attending, we have more money than we ever had. Our churches cost more, and our schools are full, and our programs are many. But we are forgetting, oh my God, that the quality of our Christianity has been greatly impaired.
Oh, restore again, we cry, restore again to Thy Church her vision of Thee. Restore again to Thy Church her sight off the great God. Show us Thy face, Thy lovely face, a permanent view of Majesty. We will not ask for a transient beam; we want a permanent sight of Thee in all Thy wonder.
Oh God, men sin on and on while they smile at religion; they laugh about it and tolerate it. But, oh God, we have lost our fear and sense of majesty and awe. Give back to us, we pray, the majesty in heavens; give back to us a sight of majesty again so we can know how wonderful thou art. “Thy majesty, how bright; how beautiful Thy mercy seat in depths of burning light”.
Send us forth to pray, to walk about knowing that we are in the garden indeed, even as thou didst walk “in the garden in the cool of the day” (Genesis 3:8), and Adam hid. Oh, how many of us, Lord, hide behind one thing or another because we are not morally and spiritually prepared to come out and walk with Thee. But “Enoch walked with God: and he was not; God took Him” (Genesis 5:24). Moses looked upon Thy face, and his face did shine. Oh God, send us out not only to make converts, but to glorify the Father and to hold up the beauty of Jesus Christ to men. All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
This prayer comes courtesy of A.W. Tozer in his book, “The Attributes of God Vol. 1” (pg. 195-196)
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