THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Part 8: Praying With a Clean & Pure Heart
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Writer’s Note: Beloved the Lord is merciful and His patience is for everlasting. However there are times among the saints when we need to wait. Pray in patience as we trust in the Lord. Let not your hearts be troubled as we believe in Him. We thus pray that our hearts your heart will come making sincere requests. The promise is written that God will hear a sincere prayer. Therefore we pray to always petition the throne of God with a clean and pure heart. How do we do this?
Peace be unto you. To the Church and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.
My beloved brethren there is power in prayer. So as we look to the Bible we are encouraged to continue our prayer life not ceasing in our petitions to God. This discussion on the heart is noted as a very important aspect or personal requirement of prayer. As you know as you grow in Truth the heart is very important and a center piece of our sojourn. God can see the heart however man can only look on the outside. Therefore if our heart is right we can reap salvation and be saved to life everlasting.
Also it is written that the heart which houses the Spirit is the only thing that the arisen saints can take with them as they come before the judgment and when the body stops life and breath as we know it on this side. The heart is wonderful. We also bear witness that as it moves in purity no one can exploit, mis-use or abuse the righteous at heart. Thus God will protect us from all harm and danger as we stay in prayer. Meanwhile our primary scripture reference for praying with a clean and pure heart is taken from Psalms 66. Our primary verses are 18 and 19 however box in this bracket of scripture with 17 and 20 and get a powerful message.
Psalms 66: 17-20: “I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.”
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”
“But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.”
“Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.”
The first and second verse at the 66th Division of Psalms is a scriptural passage that most believers have often heard. “Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:”
“Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.”
Therefore brethren we should praise and honor God in so doing He will answer our prayers. So as we come to the Lord in prayer we come with a clean and pure heart. No one has a heart that is perfect and pure however we can come without dwelling on the world and the evils of society. Thus our thoughts our mind as we petition God should be on Jesus and His goodness, peace and love.
As we speak the mouth and tongue are used. Therefore there is a variety in our use of the language to express our desires to the Lord. So as we express our needs we must have a heart free of iniquity and things that are evil and wicked. The Lord will not hear the prayers of those that are filled with hate and things that contradict love and compassion for all of God’s people. At verse 19 we see that David was not guilty of iniquity. God heard and granted his prayer. The blessings of God are seen in the knowledge that He was the source of David’s blessings. God moved in mercy in times of trouble for David and He will move in this mode for all that come to Him with a clean and pure heart.
Also a good cross reference to verse 18 is Psalms 18: 41: “They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the Lord, but he answered them not.”
Also verse 19 is benefited by a cross reference found at Psalms 116: 1-2: “I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.”
“Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.”
Brethren it is for sure that the Lord will hear the voice of the clean and pure heart. Here He heard David and He granted His requests. This favor of course produced a great love of God. This favor led to David calling upon God again. He was encouraged in his love and the mercy of God. The Lord thus lent a favorable ear unto David as he prayed. David as do believer’s today call upon the Lord everyday they liveth.
Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God and Christ Jesus writing for the FreedomJournal Press a God Fearing Free Press 19 July 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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