Over the last week I read The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer, which is a book that will definitely challenge your faith and commitment to God. At the end of each chapter a prayer is included as you cry out to God as a result of what you just read.
This prayer is towards the end of the book that I would like to think it is true of my life, but to be honest I know that in many ways it is not. But my reason for sharing it is as a way of declaring that I am not there, but hope to be there someday in my pursuit of God.
A Prayer of Exaltation:
O God, be Thou exalted over my possessions. Nothing of earth's treasures shall seem dear unto me if only Thou art glorified in my life. Be Thou exalted over my friendships. I am determines that Thou shalt be above all, though I must stand deserted and alone in the midst of the earth. Be Thou exalted above my comforts. Though it means the loss of bodily comforts and the carrying of heavy crosses. I shall keep my vow made this day before Thee. Be Thou exalted over my reputation. Make me ambitious to please Thee even if as a result I must sink into obscurity and my name be forgotten as a dream. Rise, O Lord, into Thy proper place of honor, above my ambitions, above my likes and dislikes, above my family, my healthy and even my life itself. Let me decrease that Thou mayest increase, let me sink that Thou mayest rise above. Ride forth upon me as Thou dist ride into Jerusalem mounted upon the humble little beast, a colt, the foal of an ass, and let me hear the children cry to Thee, "Hosanna in the highest."