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The soil of Your Heart – Prayer

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It is vitally important for ever Christian to grow spiritually. We ought to seek growth in our relationship with God. We do this by preparing the soil of our hearts. That is the theme of this post – prepare the soil of your heart. Today, we look at Prayer and how Prayer helps prepare the soil of your heart.

Scripture: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

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One of the most powerful tools in preparing the soil of your heart is Prayer God makes an amazing promise to us in Philippians 4:6-7. How incredible! If we will make our requests known to God in prayer, giving our burdens and anxieties over to him, then he will swap those burdens for a guarding peace that surpasses all understanding. How much do you need his peace today? What areas of your life feel burdened? What do you feel anxious about?

God’s peace

God has an endless reservouir of peace that’s available to you when you place your trust in him through prayer. As we open our hearts to God in prayer, the Spirit produces the fruit of peace. When you lay your burdens at God’s feet, trusting that he will take care of you as he promised, peace overflows as a fruit of the Spirit’s work in your life. That’s the assurance of your Father and the power of prayer.

Effective Prayer

For most of us, something like trusting God and handing over all our burdens is much easier said than done. How can you pray effectively? How can you have communication with God?

The goal of prayer is the ear of God, a goal that can only be reached by patient and continued and continuous waiting upon Him, pouring out our heart to Him and permitting Him to speak to us. Only by so doing can we expect to know Him, and as we come to know Him better we shall spend more time in His presence and find that presence a constant and ever-increasing delight.”

Edward McKendree Bounds

Effective prayer is a process, but it is a process completely worthy of your efforts. Pray when you feel like it but most importantly, have appointments with the Lord and keep it – appointments in secret where it’s just you and God. We are more powerful on our knees than standing around moaning and groaning about everything. Make a daily time to set aside for prayer. Fight to keep it at all costs. Connecting to God through prayer, hearing his voice, and experiencing his presence will lead you to a satisfied life. The Christian life without prayer is no different than a relationship with a person without communication. While your God will never fail you as people do, abundant relationship with him requires constant communication.

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Time and space

Prayer is more about making time and space to commune with God than it is about what you do or say. God can guide, speak, and give you his presence if you simply make space for him to do so. Don’t let a feeling of insecurity, doubt, or lack of knowledge keep you from talking with God. He delights in the simplicity, vulnerability, humility and honesty of you just wanting to talk with him. 

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Prayer guide

1. Take a moment to quiet your heart and mind.

Make space in your heart to allow for the peace of God to fill.

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2. Now lay any burdens you have at his feet. 

Think about anything you’ve been feeling anxious about, and talk to God about it. Tell him how you’ve been feeling. 

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

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3. Now receive the peace God has promised you over those situations.

Trust God that when you ask for his guidance and help, he will give it to you. Prayer changes things. While you may not be able to see it with your eyes, prayer moves the heart of God and men. 

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28


What else does the Bible say?

The Bible tells us to “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). The more you practice prayer and see it work in your life to bring peace and change to your circumstances, the more prayer will become a natural overflow for you. A simple thought to God at a tough or important time or even a quick act of giving God thanks for the good things around you are all are powerful, mood-altering prayers. Have a continual conversation with God and allow him to transform lonely times into continuous communion with him.

Open your heart to God as you enter into a time of guided prayer.

Make space to listen to the voice of your Helper, the Holy Spirit.

Receive the wonder and peace that comes from casting your burdens on a loving Father who is waiting right now to spend time with you.

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The soil of Your Heart – Worship

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Scripture: “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness”. Psalm 29:2

Worship

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One of the most powerful ways to prepare the soil of your heart is through worship. Authentic worship is a powerful exchange of God pouring his love out on us and us giving him our hearts in return. In worshiping through music, our hearts naturally become soft and receptive to God’s love as we encounter his goodness and engage in adoration of the only One worthy of our affections.

God created music with an innate ability to affect us at our core. Music has the power to fill us with peace, joy, and anger; it can cause tears to well up in our eyes and even make the most mundane events beautiful. Martin Luther said, “Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.” By consistently engaging in worship through beautiful music, we provide a framework for the Holy Spirit both to prepare the soil of our hearts and to fill us with the seeds of God’s presence and perfect character. 

What the Bible says about worship

The Bible is brimming with admonishment to worship through song. Paul tells us in Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Hebrews 12:28 says, “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.” Scripture is so clear about the importance of worship because God longs for us to be a people marked by consistent reminders of his unconditional love. He longs for us to live in response to his presence and plans rather than struggling through life by placing our trust in the world over him. 

God’s heart

God longs to reveal his heart to you in worship. He longs to show up and meet you in your room, car, workplace, and house of worship. You were created to encounter God and engage in the cyclical act of giving and receiving love throughout your day. When you worship here on earth, you posture your heart towards eternity. Making the willful choice to give your affections to the One you will spend eternity with, you also discover your purpose for which you were made: to live in unhindered communion with your heavenly Father.

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If you feel like the soil of your heart is hard, your life isn’t marked by the fruit of the Spirit or you can’t escape from a temptation—simply take some time and encounter God in worship. God’s presence is wholly available to you today. His love and grace are steadfast towards you. May your time in guided prayer be marked by the nearness and power of the Holy Spirit as you encounter the unconditional love of God. 

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1. Reflect on the faithful and loving character of your heavenly Father. 

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.” Isaiah 40:28

“This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” Psalm 18:30

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:1-5

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2. Now respond to God’s character with thankfulness. 

Take Scripture and thank God for who He is. Look at your life and thank God for any good gifts he’s given you. Allow his goodness to stir up thankfulness within you. 

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 107:1

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3. What changed in your heart as you engaged in thanksgiving? 

If you journal – write about the power of thankfulness. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you see how God is at work in your life today and offer thanksgiving in response. 

If you start to feel your heart begin to harden because of something that happens today, simply reflect on the goodness of God and give thanks. Negativity and sin have an incredibly harmful effect on our hearts. Decide to put away any form of sloth, slander, impurity and anything negative at all, and instead focus on the goodness of what God is doing. Choose to love today and align your thoughts and emotions with faith and trust in who God is. To walk in relationship with God is to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit at all times. If you get off track for a bit, simply ask the Spirit to lead you back to the perspective and posture of heart He desires for you! God’s grace is abounding and powerful. He longs to walk in relationship with you all day today.

May your day be filled with peace, joy and a passionate pursuit of bringing his kingdom to earth all around you.

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24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:24

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OUR WORSHIP INVITES GOD INTO THE SCENARIO!

When we worship God, it will build our spirits and will lift our focus from the daily trials we face.

When we are spiraling in anxiety, and the circumstances surrounding us are seemingly insurmountable, we have a choice to shift our minds back to God trusting in His good and sovereign purposes. We do this through worship, and when we begin to worship Him the Holy Spirit helps us refocus . . .

  • On His word.
  • On His promises.
  • On His plan for our lives.

This is how I fight my battles.

Worship is my weapon of choice. When we worship, we stop looking at the fight in front of us and start looking at the God in us!

  • Worship through your worry.
  • Worship through your fear.
  • Worship through your stress.
  • Worship through your exhaustion.

OUR WORSHIP BRINGS BREAKTHROUGH!

The enemy does not want you to get this! He does not want you MOVING INTO WHAT GOD HAS FOR YOU!

The fuel for your breakthrough is the air in your lungs—worship Jesus!

  • Worship breaks down walls.
  • Worships draws us near to the Father.
  • Worship reminds us of our reason for living.
  • Worship brings down heaven.

OUR WORSHIP CHANGES THE ATMOSPHERE!

God has already given you the key to change the atmosphere around you. There is a sound in your spirit, that when released, will shake the foundations, and bring forth peace and joy. As you discover this you will begin worshiping Him in the midst of any circumstance or situation.

The Lord inhabits the praises of His people. Where real worship is, there God is.

It is impossible to overestimate the power, victory, blessing, healing, encouragement, and inspiration embodied in this wonderful secret of worshiping the Lord.

Restful Worship

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.”

What does “be still” mean? The Hebrew for “be still” translates to let go of your grip, to make oneself weak. What a freeing idea! In our complete dependence on a God who will not ever fail us, we find freedom.

  • Your God is in control!
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  • Do not complain—worship!
  • Do not gossip—worship!
  • Do not get angry—worship!
  • Do not quit—worship!

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