This past week, I was again reminded that prayer is only effective if I am offering a heartfelt prayer. In other words, effective prayer is heartfelt prayer. This type of prayer requires focus with an increase in emotion.
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 lack of focus and/or lack of increased emotion.
Prayer without intention
The following words help us 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 words 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
The following words talk about wrestling while praying. The verb wrestling sounds like a person is praying with energy and emotion.
Alma labored much in the spirit, wrestling with God in mightyAlma 8:10
The shared statements establish if we don’t have a focused intention that raises emotion within our hearts, our prayers will not be profitable (effective). We all want our prayers to be answered, thus, the effort exerted to offer a heartfelt prayer is well worth it.
Of course, saying prayers on a routine basis is a good thing. However, it is easy to let our prayers become so routine, we forget to be focused with energy and emotion as we pray. When we feel as though what we are praying for has already happened, our emotional state increases within our body and whole soul. When this state is achieved, the heavens take note.
Sometimes the healing prayers I offer are not working. When I 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 over the past three years 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.
Hoping we are successful blessing those we love and care about through saying heartfelt prayers.
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