A Heart Prepared to Pray: 4 Suggestions

mother-prayer-620x389Isaiah 55:6 calls us to pray: “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near.” This past Sunday, I shared the following suggestions for coming to God with a heart prepared to pray…

  1. Come to him with a heart of awe & worship. Psalm 145:1-3: I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.”
  2. Come to him with a heart of need & repentance. Luke 18:13-14: But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
  3. Come to him with a heart of humility. 1 John 5:14: “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”
  4. Come to him with a heart of trust & confident hope. Hebrews 4:16: “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

In days previous, God’s people could only come to the porch, so to speak. Now, through Jesus, we are invited to walk right in the front door! So pray. It doesn’t have to be perfect or polished. Just pray. Your Father who loves you promises to hear.

Listen to the sermon: I Will Hear Your Prayers, from the “I Promise…Trusting in the Faithfulness of God” series.