The Very Soul of Prayer

“My son, give Me your heart.” Proverbs 23:26In all your closet-duties God looks first and most to
your hearts. It is not a piece, it is not a corner of the
heart, which will satisfy the Maker of the heart. The
very soul of prayer
lies in the pouring out of the soul
before God. The heart is a treasure, a bed of spices,
a royal throne wherein He delights. God looks not at:
 the elegance of your prayers, to see how refined they are; nor at
 the geometry of your prayers, to see how long they are; nor at

 the arithmetic of your prayers, to see how many they are; nor at
 the music of your prayers; nor at
 the sweetness of your voice; nor at
 the logic of your prayers;
but at the sincerity of your prayers, how hearty they are.
The reason why so many are so unsuccessful in their
closet-duties and services, is because there is no more
of their hearts in them. No man can make sure work or
happy work in prayer but he who makes heart work on
it. When a man’s heart is in his prayers, then great and
sweet will be his returns from heaven.

There is no prayer acknowledged, approved, accepted,
recorded, or rewarded by God—but that wherein the
heart is sincere.

Prayer without the heart is but as sounding brass or
a tinkling cymbal. Prayer is only lovely and weighty,
as the heart is in it, and no otherwise. It is . . .
  not the lifting up of the voice,
  nor the wringing of the hands,
  nor the beating of the breasts,
  nor an affected tone,
  nor studied motions,
  nor seraphical expressions;
but the stirrings of the heart, which God looks at in prayer.
God hears no more than the heart speaks. If the heart be
dumb, God will certainly be deaf. No prayer is accepted by
God—but that which is the travail of the heart – Thomas Brooks

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