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 11 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 wisdom 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 Wisdom
“Thou, O Christ, who wert tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin, make us strong to overcome the desire to be wise and to reputed as wise by others as ignorant as ourselves. We turn from our wisdom as well as from our folly and flee to Thee, the wisdom of God and the power of God. Amen.”