Daily Devotion

September 23, 2013

Pray from Your Heart

“When you search for Me with all your heart.” Jer 29:13 NKJV

God isn’t moved by your eloquence or the multiplicity of your words. He’s moved by a heart that spills the burdens of the day across the altar, exposing every pain to the power of a God who “can.” Can what? Can do whatever you have the faith to believe Him for. “Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mk 11:24 NKJV). Your confidence in prayer is not based on your ability to speak, but on God’s ability to hear and understand. He knows what you are trying to say. The old hymn goes: “In seasons of distress and grief, my soul has often found relief. And oft escaped the tempter’s snare, by thy return, sweet hour of prayer.” Either learn to pray, or become good at worrying! What you give to God, He handles. What you keep, you handle. Spiritually, when everything is “going out” and nothing’s “coming in,” you collapse under the weight of it all. Is that where you are today? If so, prayer is your answer. It restores what life depletes. When you pray you’re saying, “Lord, I believe You’re more competent to deal with this than I am, and I trust You to do it.” When you pray that way the heart of your boss is in God’s hands, the surgery you dread is in His hands, your children and your finances are in His hands. God is ready to intervene on your behalf—just pray from your heart. “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass” (Ps 37:5 NKJV).