Often I wonder, as I pray, where do prayers go? Can anyone hear them? The words, “When we pray from the heart, the heart hears.” came to mind and has been with me all week.
At this time, when many of us cannot be together to pray or offer support and encouragement face to face, I would like to share these reflections with you.
I believe that prayer is a conversation of the heart. With the power of the Holy Spirit, the love of Christ, and an omnipresent God, our prayers are invisible threads that tie us all together. God both hears and responds to the heart, with his heart, by speaking to our hearts and to the hearts of those for whom we pray. Though I cannot visibly attest to God’s presence, I am assured, by the words speaking to my heart, how much we are loved. I pray that these words may reach your heart and give you hope.
Many of us are praying for the sick who are far away. We are praying for the dying who cannot have loved ones at their bedside. We are praying for the lonely and shut-in. And we wonder, does it matter at all?
Yes! When a heart speaks, another heart hears.
We pray from our hearts:
Genesis 24:45–“Before I finished praying in my heart,
Prayer of Manasseh 1:11–And now I bend the knee of my heart, imploring you for your kindness.
Our hearts connect to God’s:
Genesis 8:21–The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart:
Luke 7:13–When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her, and he said, “Don’t cry.”
God speaks from His heart to ours:
Proverbs 2:10–For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
2 Thessalonians 3:5–May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.
Our hearts hear:
Song of Songs 5:2–I slept, but my heart was awake.
2 Corinthians 3:2–You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts.
Praying for each other is a conversation of the heart:
Romans 10:1–Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.
Colossians 2:2–I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ himself.
Conversations of the heart make a difference:
Psalm 21:2–You have granted him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips.
Philemon 1:7–Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.
The apostle Paul, in his ministry, knew the pain of being separated from those he cared for deeply. He did not lose heart and continued to offer prayers for the hearts of others.
1 Thessalonians 2:17–As for us, brothers and sisters, when, for a short time, we were made orphans by being separated from you—in person, not in heart—we longed with great eagerness to see you face to face.
1 Thessalonians 3:13–And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
Perhaps the thread of prayer is felt as a tug connecting one’s heart to God’s and God’s heart to another’s pulling us all closer together.
“Wherever a person is in their life’s journey, there may come a time when the longings of their heart ask, ‘Is this it? Is this all there is?’ In these moments, someone could have a tug in their heart that says, ‘Maybe there’s more. I want to take it to that next stage .”- Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
May your heart, in this moment, hear the promise of God’s heart hearing.