By Pastor Bruce K. Oyen and A. W. Tozer
The picture above is of A. W. Tozer. He was a pastor and author affiliated with the Christian And Missionary Alliance. He was born in 1897, and, like President John F. Kennedy and C. S. Lewis, died in 1963. The following prayer by Tozer is from chapter 12 of his very famous, must-read book called “The Knowledge Of The Holy.” This short but excellent book presents what the Bible says about many attributes of God, and how they relate to daily Christian life. Each chapter opens with one his prayers about the subject of that chapter, which in this case is the omnipotence of God.
For those of you who might not know the Bible very well, in this prayer, as well as in many other of his prayers, Tozer made reference to Biblical statements without giving chapter and verse for them. His mind was so saturated with the Bible that it was a part of his vocabulary. If he had given chapter and verse when the Bible was quoted and alluded to, his prayers would not have the vitality they do. Instead, they would have been too formal for their purpose.
Tozer’s Prayer About God’s Omnipotence
“Our Heavenly Father, we have heard Thee say, ‘I am the Almighty God; walk before me and be thou perfect.’ But unless Thou dost enable us by the exceeding greatness of Thy power how can we who are by nature weak and sinful walk in a perfect way? Grant that we may learn to lay hold on the working of the mighty power which wrought in Christ when Thou didst raise Him from the dead and set Him at Thine own right hand in the heavenly places. Amen.”