A friend asked me yesterday if I would pray for her heart. We had been texting for over two hours back and forth. She was in the midst of a super frustrating trial and was discouraged and angry at the incompetence of those around her— simple tasks they could not perform successfully.
I’ve been there too, when things absolutely were going wrong and minutes and hours passed, it only seemed to grow worse. I’ve seen my attitude darken towards others, my thoughts linger on the negative, my words laced with venom, and in the end feeling miserable.
She was reaching out to me for help. As a believer, she knew her heart was off. It wasn’t acting like the Jesus loving heart that she new she had.
We often want to see good results, we are desperate for the right answers so things will be right again, but when times are difficult, do we go to the Word for help, or do we reject what the Word encourages us to do?
Someone said, ‘The Word of God is simple, but it is not easy’. Hmm…
In reading my 51 SIT-UPS (5 Psalms & 1 Proverb when I sit-up in bed each morning) yesterday and today, the Word answered my friend’s question, “Pray for my heart?” And this is what I shared… “I will not pray for your heart, instead, I want you to do these things with all your heart.”
Ps 134: 2,3 … bless the Lord, lift up your hands … and bless the Lord … that made heaven and earth… (This immediately takes your eyes off of your troubled situation and puts your eyes on God – your thinking does not do that. The physical action of lifting your hands, surrendering and acknowledging who is KING of your life, and reminding yourself that your God, your Father, made heaven and earth does reorientate your eyes.)
Ps 135: 1, 3, 5, 7, Praise you the Lord. Praise you the name of the Lord… for the Lord is good: sing praises unto his name; … the Lord is great… Your name, O Lord endures forever…(It is important to speak our words aloud, Rev 12:11 They overcame Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of their testimony. I believe it is a submission unto God and is inherently resisting Satan and therefore demons must flee from our presence- James 4:7-10 Submit yourselves therefore to God, Resist the devil and he will flee from you.)
Ps 136: 1, 4 Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his mercy endures forever, … To Him alone does great wonders, … (Thanking our Heavenly Father pleases Him but not because He has an ego issue but because it helps us, it puts our trust in Him and not ourselves or in what we see— Ps 121:2 My help comes from the Lord the Maker of heaven and earth.
Ps 138: 3, In the day when I cried you answered me, and strengthened me… in my soul. (Awesome, after praising and thanking Him, we see that he hears us and even strengthens our mind will and emotions.
Ps 138: 6, Though the Lord be high, yet he has respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knows afar off. .. (Wow, when we praise , thank, and acknowledge what he has done, we are considered the humble, the lowly. I believe the proud he knows afar off only because a proud person pushes Him away saying, ‘I can do this myself, leave me alone, God.’ )
Ps 138:7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me, You stretch forth your hand against the wrath of my enemies and Your right hand saves me. (Speak these words out loud! This is good news! In my trouble my Father will revive me and His Right Hand (Jesus!) will save me.)
And finally, Ps 139:23 Search me O God and know my heart… *I know when my friend asked me to pray for her heart, she meant, “Please pray that I get through this mess using Godly words and actions”.
So I didn’t ‘pray for her heart.’ But I did pray, “ My Father, please open my friend’s eyes that she sees your Word is a lamp unto her feet and a light unto her path. Bring back to her remembrance all that she is and all that she has being a daughter of the living God. Let her light so shine before those around her that they see her good works, words, and attitude that they will give you glory!” (Ps 119:105, John 14:26, Matthew 5:16)
Try the 51 – SIT-UPS each morning.
Heart on Bible photo is by Michael Grosicki of UNSPLASH.