Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul. I cried out to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
Psalm 66: 16-19 (ESV)
We all realize that sincere prayer can take many forms; it can be sung out-loud to the Lord inspired by or accompanied by music, it can be poetic as in a psalm, it can be safeguarded and whispered to God. We can release it through our spirit for profound clarification or it can be silent and serene in nature. The common thread in all these forms of prayer is that they must emanate from our heart to be heard by the Father. If the Psalmist’s heart had been hardened, or if it had harbored hidden sin, God could not have heard the prayer, for it would have been an empty utterance lacking a truthful foundation. For an honest heart effectively amplifies our prayers before God.
The condition of our heart is then, without question, the essential component in prayer. If all we do is mouth words without true conviction backing them, we may as well not be praying at all, for our words are empty, conveying nothing of righteous value. Heart motivated conviction behind any prayer is to God pure, melodic, and potent. For we have our spiritual existence within the Heart of God the very domain of his kingdom.
Our hearts must speak from purity conveying honesty and conviction, simply because you’re asking him to put his avowal on total honesty behind your prayer. Ask him to place his Heart behind any prayer request because his love always exceeds our own. With God, it’s always a direct connection that works best because the clearest line of communication is always heart-to-heart.
Dear Lord, You know that our heart often speaks more eloquently than our tongue. So let our voices emanate first from a cleansed and purified heart that resonates with conviction. And may the sincerity of our prayers be enriched in your love, wisdom, and compassion so that you clearly recognize and read them in the native tongue of your righteous Kingdom. Amen.
A F Fischer