Saturday, September 20, 2014

Our Praying Reveals our Heart

John Piper writes in his book "When I Don't Desire God" on page 139:  Prayer is the revealer of the heart. What a person prays for shows the spiritual condition of his heart. If we do not pray for spiritual things (like the glory of Christ, and the hallowing of God's name, and the salvation of sinners, and the holiness of our hearts, and the advance of the gospel, and contrition for sin, and the fullness of the Spirit, and the coming of the kingdom, and the joy of knowing Christ), then probably it is because we do not desire these things. Which is a devastating indictment of our hearts.

He goes on to say, "How we pray reveals the desires of our hearts.And the desires of our hearts reveal what our treasure is. And if our treasure is not Christ, we will perish. 'Whoever loves father or mother more than me,' Jesus said, 'is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me' (Matt. 10:37)."

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