The Tozer Anthology

As reported in the Mar/Apr 2015 issue.

Compiled by Harry Verploegh


We Christians must simplify our lives or lose untold treasures on earth and in eternity.


Retire from the world each day to some private spot, even if it be only the bedroom (for a while I retreated to the furnace room for want of a better place). Stay in the secret place till the surrounding noises begin to fade out of your heart and a sense of God’s presence envelops you. Deliberately tune out the unpleasant sounds and come out of your closet determined not to hear them.

Listen for the inward Voice till you learn to recognize it. Stop trying to compete with others. Give yourself to God and then be what and who you are without regard to what others think. Reduce your interests to a few. Don’t try to know what will be of no service to you.

Avoid the digest type of mind—short bits of unrelated facts, cute stories and bright sayings. Learn to pray inwardly every moment. After a while you can do this even while you work.

Practice candor, childlike honesty, humility. Pray for a single eye. Read less, but read more of what is important to your inner life. Never let your mind remain scattered for very long. Call home your roving thoughts. Gaze on Christ with the eyes of your soul. Practice spiritual concentration.

All of the above is contingent upon a right relation to God through Christ and daily meditation on the Scriptures. Lacking these, nothing will help us; granted these, the discipline recommended will go far to neutralize the evil effects of externalism and to make us acquainted with God and our own souls.

—from Of God and Men. The Tozer Anthology was originally published in the Alliance Weekly, November 25, 1981.

2 responses to The Tozer Anthology

  1. I agree. To practice spiritual concentration is to focus on the heart and mind of Christ. When we lack vision and can’t find our purpose for today, then it can be said that we have neglected to pray. Having said that, let us pray now since it is never to late and the lord is always listening. Thank you Heavenly Father.

  2. I do this all the time as im stuck in my apartment for 30 yrs its a wonderfull way to get to know God
    Plz keep praying for me im disabled

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