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The Heart

1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV

 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
When it comes to prayers, your heart counts more than anything else. The scripture teaches that Jesus Himself was emotional while praying. Heb 5:7 states “who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear,…). Why? Luke 19:41, Jesus wept over Jerusalem, John 11:35, He wept over Lazarus. Why would Jesus cry while praying? He was God!

I believe Jesus was placing His heart in the hands of His father, lamenting for the things that were done and pleading with God to forgive. We don’t cry because it looks nice. We place our hearts in God’s hand and begin to labor as we plead for mercy over his work. We feel we don’t deserve anything but He is full of mercy. We see His faithfulness versus our weakness and that drives us into an anguish that can not be mentioned with our mouths. Our hearts break before Him. We break in his presence.
Jesus condemned those who make a public spectacle of their prayers and those who speak many words in hope they will be heard (Matt. 6:5-7). The power of prayer is determined by the intent of the person, not the method of expression. Jesus calls us to examine our prayer before it is spoken.  

Your heart is everything. One old man told me “If your heart can not bow, your knees can not either!” Our hearts, being the source of everything is where God listen.
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