On Fervent Prayer


Reiterations

In all your private duties, God looks first and most to your hearts: “My son, give me your heart” (Proverbs 23.26).  It is not a piece of your heart, it is not a corner of the heart, that will satisfy the Maker of the heart.  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 neat they are, nor yet at the geometry of your prayers, to see how long they are, nor yet at the arithmetic of your prayers, to see how many they are, nor yet at the music of your prayers, nor yet at the sweetness of your voice, nor yet at the logic of your prayers – but at the sincerity of your prayers, how hearty they are.  There is no prayer acknowledged, approved, accepted, recorded, or rewarded by…

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