Life of an Intercessor
Blog - Praying with Heart
By Jacqui – One of God’s Intercessors
Prayers seldom sound the same. Even the same person has many voices in prayer. When I pray with Joy and gladness my voice rings out with a happy sound. When I pray with concern the words seem to pour forth in an avalanche of prayer. But it’s when I pray with heart that the real passion is present within my voice and within the prayer itself. There may even be a moment when the words temporarily stop as though God waits for me to breathe in His Holy Spirit and then the Lord, himself, prays through me.
Praying with our heart makes us vulnerable. It causes the intercessor to temporarily feel the pain of the request that is being lifted up in prayer. It may release tears that will run like small prayer rivers down our faces. Praying with heart pulls us directly into the prayer and often finds God’s intercessors down on our knees or even flat on our faces as we humble ourselves before the Lord.
Then there are the moments that praying with heart causes us to stand; to stand firm in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ – To stand and boldly pray what our heart directs us to raise up before our Lord. We can stand because we know that our God is able. He is able to bring forth glory from the worst that we can bring before him. He is able to restore what has been lost. He is able.
When we pray with heart, our own hearts connect with the heart of God. Trusting God implicitly allows us to share with him our deepest pain, our most fearful moments, and our most cherished loved ones. It also allows God’s intercessors to pray for others as if praying for ourselves.
In the book of Matthew Jesus tells us to love the Lord our God with all our heart and to love our neighbor as ourselves. It is only through this love that we are truly able to pray to God with all our heart and to pray for our neighbor as we would pray for ourselves. Praying with heart means to pray the heart of God.