“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
Bunyan, John

A little bit about Bunyan, John
John Bunyan (November 28, 1628 August 31, 1688), English “clergyman, author”. “He was the author of the allegory “Pilgrim’s Progress,” 1678, which he wrote while in prison.” was born at Harrowden, in the Parish of Elstow, England.

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  1. “No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us” (1 John 4:12, NLT).A Prayer for Today

    My heart prayer says, O Merciful God, help me to love others the way You love them so that my life can be a picture of You and show full expression of You when I pray for others. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

  2. When I pray for another with my heart truly in it, I remember what great mercy God has had on me, a sinner and a wayward one before I knew Him. There is a song I wrote a while ago based on one of David’s psalms:
    “He drew me up and out of an awful pit
    A pit of tumult and destruction
    He pulled me up and out of the miry clay
    He set my feet upon the Solid Rock to stay
    And He has put a song in my heart
    A song of thanks to God above
    And He has put a song in my heart
    A song of peace, a song of joy, a song of Love.”
    That redeeming Love that makes me weep when I meditate on it, is not just for me but also for those for whom I am praying and interceding. With all the magnaminity, the great magnitude of GOD’S love, we embrace others in our prayers, no matter what situation they are in or even and especially if there is a breach between us. Then we can do nothing more remedial or restorative than to pray and interecede and warfare in the Spirit for GOD’S perfect will to be done in their lives.

  3. 1 Sam. 16: 7 ” But the Lord said to Samel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the HEART.”
    Psalms 119:11 ” I have hidden your word in my HEART, that I might not sin against You.”
    Prov. 4:23 ” Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
    Matt. 12:34 “You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your HEART determines what you say.”
    The Lord loved David for his heart, not for his words. We might be able to fool people with out words and out outward appearance, but only God knows our hearts. Words without a heart are just “hot air with no meaning.” It is useless noise. “AIR POLLUTION!” We may be able to charm others with words without a heart but we will not charm God. God knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows our hearts desires. God would rather have our heart than our words. Who’s words are we hearing when we are speaking? We can’t hear His Words if we are doing all the talking.
    Proverbs 18:13 “Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.”
    Psalms 95:7 for He is our God. We are the people He watches over, the flock under His care. If only you would LISTEN to His voice today!”
    James 1:19 “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”
    So, I agree with John Bunyan, “IT IS BETTER TO HAVE A HEART WITHOUT WORDS.”
    Rev. 2:7″Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what He is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will give fruit from the tree of life in the paradise of God.”

  4. Sara your inspirational prayer is like lifting Jesus up high above all else. It makes me think that because you are truly lifting Him up in your heartfelt prayer, He will draw with cords of love all men unto Himself.

  5. Chicken farmer, I didn’t even need Starbuck’s after reading your comment. It woke me up! Hope I stay awake and alert in The Spirit of God and walk in the Spirit.

    One of my very favorites “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverb 4:23 NIV
    and again I repeat:
    “Guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it.”

  6. The above comments make me think of situations like this concerning our hearts, minds and mouths and what comes out of them.
    To quote a recently famous political personality, “You betcha!” For example….speaking of ‘out of the abundance of the heart’…. I think I am acting so demure and proper and suddenly some remark or reply pops out of my mouth that is disastrous to the situation, out of context and I think to myself,” where did THAT come from?” Totally inappropriate to the situation and I’ve got to know….out of the abundance of the heart….it was in there somewhere. It came out. The one saving grace is that it is exposed so that I can deal with it. I can face it, admit it and change it as Sara teaches. That’s Sara not Sarah….(you betcha’)

  7. Chickenfarmer, what you wrote reminded me of this scripture: “These people draw near to me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me” (Matt 15:8). Jesus didn’t speak kindly of hypocrites.

  8. MG, why do you think this overflow of untimely or unhealthy flow begins to overflow from our healthy hearts. Our hearts are healthy because God has given us a new one.

    “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”—Ezekiel 36:26 I am thinking our old way of thinking forgot that it is dealing with a a new heart. OK, old way of thinking you need to adjust your self to the NEW!

  9. Sara, I suppose that when we are not walking in the Spirit we make these gaffes that come from the natural man. There is a scripture that says, “Open your mouth and I will fill it”, says the Lord. I believe that it is not only with physical food that He fills our mouths, like a mother bird feeding her babies; but He also will fill our mouths with the godly and divinely inspired words to speak to a situation, circumstance or to a person in need of a correct word. Or even check our spirits when NOTHING should be said or spoken. We’ve got to hear from God to get all that right. God’s character being built up is up is a project of great dimension. So although we have a new spirit, the soul needs a great revamping…as you stated above….an adjustment in the way of thinking….each and every moment of our lives.

  10. Walking in the Spirit is the home run’ it seems from our comments. The way you treat others has an effect on the effectiveness of our prayers? The Bible says that the prayer of the righteous one is powerful, but if we aren’t treating others with mercy, kindness, and respect, then we aren’t allowing His righteousness to operate in us. When we don’t treat others the way we should, it closes the door to God’s power and hinders our prayers.

    We really do need a healthy heart to have a heart. i.e. be compassionate, be kind, be merciful, be lenient, be sympathetic, be considerate, have mercy.

    As we show mercy we receive mercy…

  11. This is certainly a win/win situation for both the giver and receiver when we follow these motivational principles. Plenty of incentive to…”in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (Matt 7:12)

  12. Then I deduce that walking in the Spirit means following the Lord’s Word no matter how we feel or what emotion is trying to rear its ugly head in the situation. When the Word says to always believe the best of everyone, don’t be impatient, envious, rude, self-seeking, touchy, fretful or resentful, and don’t pay any attention to evils done to you, or an unjust, wrongful action against you, always be full of hope, endure everything without weakening, and….oh yes, again….always believe the best of everyone. Well, yes, it would take the Spirit of the living God to effect ALL THAT in us. Maybe that’s the key! Let Him do it thru us. Looks like the biggest blockage to walking in the Spirit is our SELVES!

  13. God is good, all the time! All the time God is good? Our walk and hope should be with the One that is good all the time.

    MG, you said the Word said believe the best of everyone! Well, what is their best? The scripture you are referring to is it speaking to the church, your enemies, the world?

  14. The best of everyone – Matthew 7: 16 says by their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.

  15. Reading from the Mac Lucado bible their is an article entitled “New
    Creation”. It talks about God’s radical reconstruction of the heart. He gives the sequence of this change.
    1. Recognize we are poor in spirit.
    2. Repent
    3. Surrender control to God (humble ourselves).
    4. We begin to want to do the right thing more than anything else.
    5. We grow closer to him.
    6. We’re merciful.
    7. We’re peacemakers
    8. We endure injustice (we’re treated badly for doing good)
    Max Lucado writes: “It’s no casual shift of attitude. It is a demolition of the old structure and a creation of the new. The more radical the change, the greater the joy, And it’s worth every effort, for this is the joy of God.”

    I picture this as giving my heart to Dr. Jesus. I want the change and he takes his heavenly tools and takes out what is not God for the heart to work correctly and then has his live giving blood and character run through my reconstructed heart.

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