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The Prayer of an Idolater

In the beginning, all earthly things were subservient to humans.  The entire material world, all of the wonders of creation were ruled by humans.  This is how God designed it: 

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." (Genesis 1:28)

At first, humans ruled creation and God ruled humans.  Humanity had dominion over material things under God's authority.  God was the only one ruling inside of people and everything else was outside.  But we soon became dissatisfied and chose to take control.  We allowed rivals to come inside our hearts and compete for our loyalty.

Today these rivals to God's authority in our hearts take the form of material possessions, un-biblical worldviews, unhealthy relationships, a longing for security - anything that steals our passion to live for God.  They are rooted deep in our hearts and require consider effort to dethrone.  But God is capable of defeating these rivals to the throne in our hearts if we so desire.

The following is a prayer by A.W. Tozer asking God to dwell in his heart without rival.  Join me in asking God to dethrone our idols that we may display what a life ruled by our Heavenly Father looks like.

Father, I want to know Thee, but my cowardly heart fears to give up its toys. I cannot part with them without inward bleeding, and I do not try to hide from Thee 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 living self, so that Thou mayest enter and dwell there without a rival.

Then shalt Thou make the place of Thy feet glorious.

Then shall my heart have no need of the sun to shine in it, for Thyself wilt be the light of it, and there shall be no night there.

In Jesus' name.
Amen.



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