We all struggle with giving up the things of this world. The Bible calls them idols, Tozer calls them toys.
Whatever we call them, it is hard to put them aside.
A.W. Tozer prays a very short prayer that will help us to deal with our idols.
My coward heart!
Father, I want to know You–but my coward heart fears to give up its toys. I cannot part with them without inward bleeding, and I do not try to hide from You the terror of the parting. I come trembling, but I do come. Please root from my heart all those things which I have cherished so long and which have become a very part of my self–so that You may reign there without a rival. Deliver me from the tyranny of things–and from the idols of my heart. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
He wants to know the Father
He fears to give up his toys
He does not hide his fear from the Father
He comes trembling before the Father
He requests the Father to root out his idols from his life
He desires the Father to reign without rival
He wants to be delivered from the tyranny of things
Is this our heart’s desire when it comes to our idols? It should be.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001