As we continue in our discovery of heartfelt prayer, remember you are unique and your experiences with the Lord will be unique. Heartfelt prayer has many aspects and depths to it and it encompasses all the different types of prayer.

I am often amazed at how my life with the Lord and my circumstances have changed since I began learning to pray from the heart. The heart is more powerful than the brain and is also the first organ that the body forms in the womb.

Consider the following two Scriptures:

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. (KJV)

Matthew 12:34 … for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

There are many other Scriptures that speak about the power and function of the heart, but for now I want to focus on what the Lord is revealing here. Notice that a person is able to think in their hearts and from the activity in the heart words proceed out of the mouth.

Now think about this. How many times have you been deeply upset or greatly excited and found yourself speaking even though no one is around? Excitement can be just as intense as pain. Faith can be just as intense as worry. It all depends on where the intensity of your thoughts are.

Heartfelt feelings, or emotions, arise when you are in a serious and intense state of mind.

Proverbs 18:21 The tongue can bring death or life; those that love to talk will reap the consequences. (NLT)

Please note: YOU are the only one that has control over your tongue. When you speak it is because you CHOSE to speak and you chose the type of words you spoke – death or life. God gave you the power to choose and only YOU will be held accountable for your words.

Look at Deuteronomy 30:19 (MSG)

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore, choose life so that you and your children will live.

In this passage God is being quite intense! He warns YOU that He will call heaven and earth to witness against YOU! Woe! In other words, the choices you make concerning your life are YOUR responsibility and not His. Never make the mistake of blaming God for what’s going on in your life because heaven and earth will witness against you in favour of the Lord. Why? Because God has set before you – He has placed life and death giving principals which govern the heavens and the earth – before you and given YOU the choice as to which principals you want to operate with.

He has put the power to choose life or death, blessing or cursing before you. His advice to you is to choose life, however, you are also free to choose death. You cannot come back later and say it was His fault because of your choices. Heaven and earth will testify against you.

Now, this does not mean that when you make the wrong choices God withdraws Himself from you, folds His arms and says, “I told you so!” When you come to Him though He will sit you down on your behind and ask you if you are ready to repent and make different choices. Once you decide to choose Life and Blessing, which means doing things His way, He will help you and things will turn around.

Today’s Exercise:

As you sit down in the Lord’s presence (do everything in His presence and be honest) think about the last time you had a heated argument with someone. What did, or what do, you feel when you think about it? What thoughts run around in your mind? What actions would you love to take? What piece of your mind would you like to give them? Would you consider your thoughts and feelings to be life or death, a blessing or a curse?

Then do the same with the last exciting event in your life. How do/did you feel and what thoughts went through your mind? What words proceeded out of your mouth?

Become conscious of how your heart feels and thinks.

Tremendous power is released through the passionate, heartfelt prayer of a godly believer.

Do not be ashamed, embarrassed, or condemned. In your Father’s presence you are faultless and blameless. You are pure and His delight. He is overjoyed that you are taking time to be with Him and giving Him the opportunity to train you up in the ways of His kingdom.

Grace and peace to you.

 

 

 

 

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