Your Heart Is Your Voice

It’s easy to say all the right words when we pray. We can use prayer books containing the eloquent prayers written by others. We can spend hours in prayer crying out to God. But no matter how important the prayer or the need, the key to prayer is the condition of our hearts. Consider these sobering truths—God will not answer when we…

…hold a grudge

…fail to forgive others

…fail to make our wrongs right

…refuse to apologize for our faults and sins

…are not kind and gentle to our enemies

…are jealous or critical

…indulge in known sin

…yield to temptation

In short, Psalm 66:18 states: “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.”

Are you wondering, is there any help… and hope? And, what, dear Lord, is it that I need to do for my prayers to be heard by You? Psalm 34:17-18 gives us the answer: “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.”

The issue is, has been, and always will be the heart—your heart. The greatest lesson you must learn, beyond how to better love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind (Luke 10:27), is how to pray from the heart—your heart!

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