Your Heart Doesn’t Determine Whether Your Prayer is Heard

January 15, 2013

Prayer does not mean simply to pour out one’s heart.  It means rather to find the way to God and to speak with him, whether the heart is full or empty.  No man can do that by himself.  For that he needs Jesus Christ….

Only in Jesus Christ are we able to pray, and with him we also know that we shall be heard….

God’s speech in Jesus Christ meets us in the Holy Scriptures.

Bonhoeffer, Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible, 9-11

Bonhoeffer presses us with a crucial question in the opening chapter of his book on the Psalms.  The question is foundational for understanding how to pray.  Is it of primary importance that your prayer be heartfelt or that your prayer be heard by God?

Of course we want our prayer to be heartfelt.  But far more important is that our prayer be heard, regardless of our heart.  That’s actually good news to me, because my heart is rarely (ever?) what it ought to be.

For prayer to be heard, we must pray in and with Jesus.  And to know that we’re praying in and with Jesus, we must pray the Scriptures.

That’s why we have been given the Psalms.

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One Response to “Your Heart Doesn’t Determine Whether Your Prayer is Heard”

  1. Joe Emmert Says:

    Thanks for this, King! Needed that!! >


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