Praying from the Heart
If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
When we become Christians, we receive something wonderful and beautiful: We gain a direct route to God, by the power of Christ and the presence of the Holy Spirit. We do not have to wonder if He hears our prayers. But if you ever struggle for words, there is something you should remember: you do not have to use words to pray, for the Spirit will pray for you. Just speak from the heart and God will understand what you are saying.
Part of prayer, which everyone knows (even nonbelievers) is asking God for things. At other times we confess sins, or praise Him, or give thanks for our lives and everything He has done for us. But there is another part of prayer that we sometimes overlook, and that is letting God speak to us.
I don't know many people who hear a voice talking to them, when they pray. Or we may hear a voice, but it isn't a voice that uses words and comes into us through our ears; in fact, we may not speak when we pray, but simply think our prayers silently. The point is, we do — or at least we can — experience God answering us. Sometimes this can be in the form of an answer to a question, or some other rational knowledge, but there is something different I want to talk about.
Have you ever tried telling God — or Christ, by name — how much you love Him, and then prayed by emitting love in your spirit, without words? Just stay still and let your love for God exist in the center of your being. And then, ask God to let you know that He loves you. You might just find something that you need, possibly that you've been looking for since long ago. This can be one of the most powerful things you will ever do, if you try it. God will bring his love to you, without words, but with total knowledge. He will let you know He loves you, in prayer. And I can bear witness that it is an extraordinary feeling.
Blessed Christ, I love you with all my heart. Please, let me know your love for me. Amen.
~ Mason Barge
Editor, Daily Prayer