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Prayers for Revival: Know my heart

by Julia Bruce
CEO & Keynote speaker

What’s in Your Heart?

A popular, well-known credit card commercial asks, “What’s in your wallet?” But for revival to occur, we need to ask, “What’s in our heart?” Why it so important for us to know the condition of our spiritual heart? Let’s turn to the book of 1 Samuel 16 and see what God has to say to Samuel when he was sent to anoint the 2nd King of Israel.

God looks at the inside

When King Saul did not obey the instructions given to him about sacrificing to God and made the sacrifice himself instead of waiting on Samuel, God became displeased with Saul and rejected him as king of Israel. So God sent Samuel to anoint a new king. God told Samuel to go to the house of Jesse and He would let him know who he was to anoint. Now, Saul is still king so to anoint another king would be treason and Samuel points this out to God. So God tell him to go and make a sacrifice which would give him a reason for going. Upon the arrival of Jesse and his sons to the sacrifice, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the man the Lord has chosen!”

Eliab was the oldest son and from looking at him, he must have looked like a king because Samuel just looks at him and decides that this must be the one. But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by a man’s face or height, for this is not the one. I don’t make decisions the way you do! Men judge by outward appearance, but I look at a man’s thoughts and intentions.”

Asking God to know our thoughts and intentions

So when we pray and ask God to know our heart, we’re asking him to know our deepest thoughts and intentions. Do you have thoughts that you hope no one ever finds out about? What are your intentions or motivation to tithe and attend church? What are the intentions of your heart behind reading your Bible? Is it to put a check in the box on your daily plan or is to know and understand the heart of God a little bit more? What are the intentions of your heart behind your prayers? Is about God answering your every prayer or is about getting to listen to God speak to you and a time a worship and adoration?

Those thoughts and intentions – God already knows them. But when we ask Him to know our hearts, its like asking Him to reveal those things to us and bring them out in the open so we can repent of sinful thoughts and intentions.

The heart is deceitful

Another reason we ask God to know our heart is because the heart is deceitful. Jeremiah 17:9 tells us, ” The heart is the most deceitful thing there is and desperately wicked. No one can really know how bad it is!” We can go all the way to the Garden of Eden to see how the heart deceives and we follow it willingly straight into sin. Yes, Satan tempted Eve and she ate of the forbidden fruit, but in Genesis 3:6, we find the workings of Eve’s heart that catapulted her and the entire human race into sin. “The woman was convinced. How lovely and fresh looking it was! And it would make her so wise!” Since that time, our heart continually deceives us and we, just like Eve, follow after it, right into sin.

Today’s Revival Prayer

Father, we ask you to know our hearts. Help us to see ourselves as you see us. Remove the blinders we place on ourselves that cause us to believe “I’m not that bad,” and show our thoughts and intentions that do not honor you. Help us to be honest with you about what you reveal. Break our heart for what breaks yours and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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