Praying for A Heart That Fears God (Watson)

In chapter six of The Great Gain of Godliness Thomas Watson discussed the fear of God in some detail. Near the end of the chapter he asks a good question and answers it in a good way:

Question: How shall we arrive at this blessed fear?

Answer 1. Let us set God ever in our eye. Study His immensity. He is God, almighty (Gen. 17:1). He gives laws to the angels, binds the consciences of men, cuts off princes. He breaks the spirit of rulers, He is feared by the kings of the earth (Ps. 76:12). The thoughts of God’s incomprehensible greatness should strike a holy awe in our hearts. Elijah wrapped his face in a mantle when God’s glory passed by. The reason men do not fear God is because they entertain slight thoughts of Him. “You thought I was altogether like you” (Ps. 50:21).

Answer 2. Let us pray for this fear of God, which is the root of all holiness and the mother of all wisdom. “Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name” (Ps. 86:11). The Lord has promised to put His fear in our heart (Jer. 32:40). Let us pray over this promise. While some pray for riches… let us pray for a heart to fear God.

Thomas Watson, The Great Gain of Godliness, p. 60-61

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015