“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” – A.W. Tozer
When it comes to the Christian life, what we think about God determines how we think, behave, worship, and pray. If we think rightly of God, prayer is worshipful, effective, and joy-filled. If we think lowly of God, prayer becomes tedious, difficult, and even unimportant.
Tozer also said, “I believe there is scarcely an error in doctrine or a failure in applying Christian ethics that cannot be traced finally to imperfect and ignoble thoughts about God.”
What thoughts do you hold about God? What led, or leads you to these thoughts or impressions of Him? Others’ opinions? Personal experiences? Scripture?
As people, we easily get out of balance. By over-emphasizing, under-emphasizing, making up, or even ignoring attributes of God, we can begin to see God as someone He is not.
So, how does one ensure that he/she has balanced thinking about God? Let’s seek Him to show us how by Scripture and prayer.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.– Psalm 51:10 (ESV)
Lord God, You are perfect beyond comprehension. Perfect in wisdom, holiness, power, mercy, grace, truth, kindness, trustworthiness, strength, love, and so much more! You lack nothing! I, however, am sinful and fallen. I fail to see you perfectly and completely. Please align my prayer with David’s. Create in me a pure heart and renew a right spirit within me by your Word and your Holy Spirit. Help me to think rightly of You. Thank you for loving me more than I can imagine! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.