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Prayer is the communion of two hearts – the heart of God and the heart of man. It’s intimacy with God. It’s that understanding of prayer that makes it such an adventure. Prayer isn’t just some religious ritual whereby men and women are obligated to repeat their petitions to God. It’s much more than a religious habit or duty. Prayer is coming into the presence of the One who created the universe – the One who is absolute purity. It’s sharing our hearts with Him and allowing Him to share His heart with us.
When we comprehend that prayer is the communion of two hearts, that enables us to know how to pray with power and certainty that our prayers will be answered. Consider this, and you’ll understand how to pray with incredible power. There are two hearts involved in prayer – the heart of God and the heart of man. The heart of God is holy, perfect and absolutely pure. Its capacity is indescribable. Then there’s the heart of man. The Bible describes it as sinful, deceitful, and exceedingly wicked. It’s small and limited in its knowledge and scope.
Out of these two hearts – the sinful heart of man and the great and wonderful heart of God – to which should we give the most attention when we pray? Of course, it’s the heart of God. The next question becomes, “Then, what is on the heart of God?” If we know the answer to that question, then we can begin praying about those things. When we pray about the things that are on God’s heart, we can be assured that God will answer our prayers.
The Bible says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us– whatever we ask– we know that we have what we asked of Him” (1 John 5:14, 15 NIV). When we pray according to the things that are on God’s heart, we can be assured that He hears us. Thus, powerful praying is praying about the things that are on God’s heart.
So, what is on God’s heart? It’s no secret. His heart isn’t fickle. It hasn’t changed. The world is on His heart. Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV). The world! The world! The world is on God’s heart!
Powerful praying takes place when we begin to pray for the world – when we begin to pray for “His kingdom to come and His will to be done” in this world as it is in heaven. It’s praying for men and women to come to Christ. It’s praying for the salvation of those who’ve never met Christ. It’s praying for Christ to establish His rule in the hearts of men and women.
Too many people have become discouraged in their prayer lives because their entire attention has been given to praying about the things on their hearts. God is definitely interested in the things on our hearts. However, we are limited in the scope of our understanding of those things, and often our hearts will deceive us about those things. But when we pray about the things on God’s heart, we can pray with great confidence and certainty. He will hear and He will answer. Powerful praying is praying the heart of God.
John : Chapter 3
16) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17) For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18) Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19) This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20) Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21) But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
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Sammy Tippit told his fiancée, “I can’t promise we’ll be rich, but life won’t be boring.”
Sammy had no idea what an understatement that would become. Beginning in the bars of Baton Rouge and the nightclubs of Chicago, Tippit has shared the news of life-changing faith in Christ all over the world – including in the middle of a revolution in Romania, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, and war in Burundi and the Congo.
Sammy’s lifelong adventure has come at a great price. He’s been cursed, threatened, arrested, deported, and blacklisted. He’s also been personally broken, ravaged with illness, and devastated by grief.
Yet he continues to preach to in stadiums, in open fields, and via satellite technology to hundreds of thousands around the globe. For all other books…
About Sammy Tippit Ministries
STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
Sammy Tippit Ministries is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.
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