WHEN WE PRAY WITH ALL OUR HEART
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jer.29:13
That’s just it: God is never using half measures when He comes to ask to live. He asked the whole of his son from Abraham, the whole from His own son Jesus. If you are a believer, know this: God is someone worth meeting personally. It may still happen to you! With the whole of you.
The most important part of all prayers is nothing but its own answer upon it. As the sun without warmth, the salt without its flavor, the eye of a blind man, water without humidity, so is any prayer without answer. If you find not, your time in prayer was useless! The answer can never serve as a sign from God, but it is a sign surely – it may come and tell you something. A non-answer may as well serve you as a sign. If a Christian is praying and God is quiet about it, what kind of a fool would not stop to see if there is perhaps something wrong somewhere? If you are talking to someone and the person is quiet and still, would you not look up instantly to see whether that person is dead or not?
Have you ever talked to anyone over the phone? What if you find yourself talking alone, spending your money and your precious time, having no feed back upon any word of yours? What would you do, how will you react to that? If you act normally to such a thing, why would you never inquire upon any absence of answer upon prayers? Is it a matter to be treated so lightly by you? Will you play the fool and state God will eventually hear, if He is not hearing now, at that moment? Are you so lighthearted to treat God in such an unreal manner? You never treat your dog like that, why would you do so towards your God? Is His opinion, His non-opinion, that important to you?
Even an answer is not a sure sign God is well pleased with you – how bad at heart, are those who have no answer at all then! And how bad those who carry on praying and praying over and over the same thing when nothing happens, and yet they never come to read the signs of the weather above! They carry on praying as if nothing strange has really happened! Even Cain did get an answer from God, and he had been a murderer! Demons asked the Lord to get into pigs and they got it from Jesus! Is it so bad going with Christians that even demons can achieve more from God then they do?
It should be the most natural thing for any child of God to hear from God Himself, personally! It should be even easier than breathing, but it is not. Air has oxygen in it, but God is Life (He does not have alone, for He is) – how much easier than should we bear life than breathe! But let’s go to this verse above.
In the first place, God says “you shall find ME” and goes on to emphasize these words “with all thine heart”. Let’s have a look to the first part first. You never may inquire from God but to find Him alone. He says “My reward is WItH ME”. Then He says, “You shall find Me”.
You have to find – not ask! That is the very heart of all prayers: to be able to find. But, if you find, you should find God Himself with whatever you ask from Him. If you ever have a prayer coming to you, but God is not coming Himself along with that reward, then be sure your answer is worth nothing. It will surely drown with those pigs the demons got into for the same reason: God was not with them. Unless God is fully included in the deal, every matter turns to be useless and worthless. God said to Abraham: “Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward”, Gen 15:1. Whenever God is not the reward Himself, personally, there is no way your prayer should suit you. Jacob did not let go upon God without Him blessing him personally, even if he had what he came to ask God for. Will you? Even if the Lord says “let Me go”? Remember the Lord said “You shall find ME”.
Secondly, He says “with all thine heart”. I could write many books on this subject alone; but I will not for my hope and plead is that you shall get down on your own knees and multiply this bread yourself. If you are found praying, yet are worried about something, your whole heart is not in the prayer you set your face before God for. God will regard you as a hypocrite, a genuine one. If you have a child at his death bed, can you come near God without having your heart divided between your child and God? Will you still look for and find God alone? Him only? He says: “ye shall search for ME”. Can you ever do that when your mind is assaulted with problems and cares? Your whole heart means just that you are not divided, doubled, having God and something else dividing your heart.
The same God that said “You shall not commit adultery”, also said, “And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful (divided) mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things”, Luke 12: 2930. “You, double hearted…For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. (8) A double minded man is unstable in all his ways”, Jam 1:7-8. If you do not find Him, your heart is divided in some way. Amen.