Can your heart be changed?
By GARY ANDREWS
I read this phrase the other day and it really struck home with me; “Sometimes God doesn’t change your situation because He’s trying to change your heart.”
It really made me think of times when I thought God neglected my prayers because what I wanted wasn’t in His plans. I have heard many people say that praying does them no good because God won’t answer their prayers.
All of us have to realize it’s not about us. God has His own plans and works on His own time table. I firmly believe that He hears every one of our prayers and depending on where our heart is, His answer will come. We need to remember what is written in Proverbs 4:23; “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”
God knows our heart and everything about us. Many times we pray with selfish motives wanting answers that please us in our time table and not God’s. This is when we are going to feel that our prayers are falling on deaf ears however God will answer our prayers but on His time table. Many of our prayers are going to be frivolous because of our desires.
Sometimes we pray with unclean hearts and hold on to the sin in our life. When we became a child of God by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He sent us the Holy Spirit to help us develop Christian personalities. All of us struggle with this because we are imperfect people and we are always going to have a tendency to sin. The Holy Spirit stays with us to help maintain a clean and pure heart when we are in the midst of struggling with sin.
The Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 5:16, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fill the lust of the flesh…” As long as we are walking in the Spirit Paul also tells in 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
God does answer prayer however it is the condition of our heart that determines His answer. When we pray we should ask for what we need and not what we want or desire. I have heard this many times and it holds true for some people when they pray “God give me patience and give it to me now.” How many of our prayers are like this and we wonder why He seems to not answer. He does answer but it may not be what we want to see or hear.
We need to approach the throne of God with a pure, clean, and loving heart. We do this when we have confessed all of our sins and asked the Holy Spirit to be with us in all that we do.
Prayer: Father help me to always have a clean and pure heart. I know that I am a sinner and I ask that you cleanse my heart of these sins so that I can be more like you. Amen.
(Suggested daily Bible readings: Sunday – Proverbs 13:20-21; Monday – Romans 7:21-25; Tuesday – Zechariah 7:8-14; Wednesday – Matthew 12:31-32; Thursday – 1 Chronicles 28:9-10; Friday – Galatians 5:16-26; Saturday – Psalm 51:10-11.)
Gary Andrews is the author of Encouraging Words: 30-days in God’s Word. To obtain a copy go to his website www.gadevotionals. com.