Is Your Idea about God Excellent?

May the idea of God, which He would have us to possess, be held as the choice possession of our spirits, the treasure on which our hearts rest, and to which they ever return; may it be held separate from all contamination of our own thoughts about God; and may it never be obscured by any cloud of adversity tempting us to think that God has changed; never lost sight of by any careless devotion of our thoughts to other objects and names; never presumed upon nor polluted as countenancing folly or sin, but cherished still and guarded as “the holy and reverend name of the Lord.” For this is what we all need, the abiding assurance of the reality of God in the excellences of His nature and the grace of His connection with us.

Marcus Dods, The Prayer That Teaches to Pray