Prayer is only effective if you offer heartfelt prayers. In other words, effective prayer is heartfelt prayer.
What is a heartfelt prayer?
My definition of a heartfelt prayer is a focused desire with a raised emotion that feels as though what is desired has already happened or at least striving to envision the desired outcome.
If you are offering healing prayers that are not working, it may be because of a lack of focus and/or lack of emotion.
Prayer without intention
The following scripture is helpful to more fully understand it doesn’t do any good to pray without real intent (a focused goal or intention).
If he shall pray and not with real intent of heart; yea, and it profiteth him nothing, for God receiveth none such.Moro. 7:9
These verses explain prayer must involve the heart to be effective.
And he commanded them that they should not cease to pray in their hearts.3 Nephi 20:1
Pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart.Moro. 7:48.
Wrestling – A verb displaying energy and emotion
A man named Alma uses the word “wrestling” when speaking about prayer. The verb wrestling sounds like a person is praying with lots of energy and emotion.
Alma labored much in the spirit, wrestling with God in mightyAlma 8:10
The scripture verses I shared establish if you don’t have a focused intention that raises emotion within your heart, your prayers will not be profitable (effective). Of course, you want your prayers to be answered, thus, the effort exerted to offer a heartfelt prayer is well worth it.
Needless to say, offering prayers on a routine basis is a good thing. However, it is easy to let your prayers become so routine, you can forget to be focused on engaging with energy and emotion as you pray. When you feel as though what you are praying for has already happened, your emotional state increases within your body and whole soul. When this state is achieved, the heavens take note.
Sometimes the healing prayers I offer are not working. When I stop and assess why they are not working, it is generally either because my prayers have become repetitive or too routine without enough focus and emotion.
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.Matthew 6:7
Although healing prayers require various phrases to be repeated, I consider them repetitive in the context when they lack focused intention and emotion preventing them from being effective.
Reuniting Fractured Spirit
I have discovered the prayer that takes the most focused energy and increased emotion is when I pray to reunite a fractured spirit. I continually have to work at following the steps of a heartfelt prayer when offering a prayer to reunite a fractured spirit.
Conclusion – Summarize
In summary, a heartfelt prayer has three components.
- Focused desire/intent
- Raised emotion felt in the heart
- Continually striving to envision your focused desire has already occurred.
Wishing you success praying for those you love and care about through offering effective heartfelt prayers.
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