The Connection between Prayer and our Hearts.
We opened this series of lessons talking about how David was a man after God's own heart. Many of the Psalms are prayers and praises of David. He spent much time communicating with God. In order to have hearts modeled after God's, we need to follow David's example of communicating with the one who made us. After all only God can mold our hearts to look like his.
Prayer is essential in an undivided heart.
In Psalm 86 we find one of David's prayers.
“Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” Psalm 86:11
What kind of heart did David ask God for?
What are some examples of things that can divide our hearts?
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What indicates to us where our hearts are? Mt. 6:19-21
“For where your ______________________ is, there your _______________________ will be also.”
Looking back at our list of things that divide our hearts, are these things earthly treasure or heavenly treasure?
What is the greatest commandment? Mt. 22:34-37
How much of our heart are we to love God with?
The Connection between the Word and our Hearts.
4 types of soil:
- Hard packed (the path)What happened to the seed?
- RockyWhat happened to the seed?
- Thorn-filledWhat happened to the seed?
- GoodWhat happened to the seed?
Notice that in this passage “the word” is tied to the heart.
The Word of God is essential in an undivided heart.
The Connection between the Spirit and our Hearts.
Who dwells in an undivided heart? Eph. 3:14-19
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but ______________________ lives in ______________________.”
I Peter 3:15
Christ has to be set apart as ______________________ in our hearts.
What steps can we take to ensure Christ is Lord?
What are things above?
What helper do we have within us to help ensure that we have an undivided heart?
II Cor. 1:21-22
“He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his _________________________ in our ____________________________ as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”
II Cor. 4:6-12
“For God, … , made his _______________________ shine in our __________________________.”
…. “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
“Because you are sons, God sent the __________________________ of his Son into our ________________________.”
The Spirit is essential in an undivided heart.
Warning: Rev. 3:15-16
What did the angel warn the church in Laodicea would happen if they were divided in heart or lukewarm?