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 22 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 sovereignty 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 Sovereignty
“Who would not fear thee, O Lord God of Hosts, most high and most terrible? For Thou art Lord alone. Thou hast made heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth and all things that are therein, and in Thy hand is the soul of every living thing. Thou sittest king upon the flood; yea, Thou sittest king forever. Thou art a great king over all the earth. Thou art clothed with stength; honor and majesty are before Thee. Amen.”