when you really need to get to the heart of the matter

Sometimes it is hard to know what to pray. And, yes, some days there is so much to pray about. Often, I neglect to pray for myself in a way that could really impact me for all eternity. It’s easier to go through the ‘bless’ and ‘help’ and ‘heal’ list of my prayers than to really get down to the heart of the matter. No pun intended. Yes, my heart.

I love these simple verses in Proverbs. Simple, yet so profound. I have come to find it is a great prayer for me to add daily to keep my heart in line with God’s will. Most of us have heard it & can maybe even recite it, but praying it can unleash the power of heaven in our lives in a way we may have never experienced. Perhaps adding it to our prayers this year might be just what we need to really experience all of Him like never before.

“Create in me a pure {free of any contamination, not mixed up with anything other things} heart, O God, and renew {re-establish} a steadfast {unwavering} spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore {repair} to me the joy {great pleasure, delight, happiness} of your salvation {deliverance from sin & its consequences} and grant me a willing {eager} spirit, to sustain {strengthen, support} me.” {Psalms 51:10-12}*

Could we do it? Could we ask God to free our hearts of anything that might be contaminating them? So that we aren’t mixed up with any other things? But, totally focused on His will, plans and purpose for our lives.

Holy and loving Father,

Help our hearts be pure and holy, focused only on you. We are grateful for the Holy Spirit and ask that we remain in your presence forevermore. Please, repair our hearts so that we might experience great delight as we walk with you through this life and towards eternity. Thank you for your precious Son and His great sacrifice that delivered us from sin. Grant us an eager spirit. Strengthen us and support us as we seek to bring you much glory through our lives.

In the precious name of your Son, Jesus.


*{Words in the brackets are from definitions found on the internet that I like to insert to really emphasize the true meanings. God’s words are always best, but sometimes I need a little more to visualize how strong His words really are.}

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  • Reply Kristin January 8, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Thank you, sweet friend. I needed this suggestion for heart decontamination! Love you!

  • Reply Genie Lindsey January 8, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Love this. Thanks for inspiring us all with your gift for words and your beautiful prayers…

    • Reply Jennifer Woodward January 28, 2016 at 10:46 am

      Thank you for being my prayer warrior and inspiration!

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