Prayer from the Heart

…if a prayer is not from the heart, it is nothing before the Lord. No matter how excellent a prayer seems on the outside, its life comes from inside the heart and nowhere else. – Leighton

This came through in my email devotion this morning. It made me think that sometimes we consider God looking at our hearts as an Entomologist studies through a microscope. He is the judge, seeing error and sin. This is true, Hebrews 4:13 says nothing in creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered, laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. And 1 Corinthians 4:5 warns that there is a time when all motives will be exposed.

But there is another way to look at God’s omniscience: Once we have given our life to him, while there is still the need to have our hearts searched, we can feel more freedom in the process.

It means coming before God, knowing that he already knows our vain and selfish motives, and dropping all pretenses. We can be understood and known in the intimate way we have always longed. We don’t have to work hard to say things correctly to him. We don’t have to fear being misunderstood.

Ecclesiastes 5:2
Do not be quick with your mouth,
do not be hasty in your heart
to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven
and you are on earth,
so let your words be few.

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