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The Condition of the Heart

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Condition of the Heart

How does our heart condition effect our prayer life?
Acts 13:21–22 KJV 1900
21 And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years. 22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
21 And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years.
22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
David was raised up
David was raised up
++When Saul was rejected
++When God found a man
++When a man had a testimony

Why was Saul rejected by God?

1 Samuel 15:17–21 KJV 1900
17 And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed thee king over Israel? 18 And the Lord sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed. 19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the Lord, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the Lord? 20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. 21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal.
Not because of skill
Not because of kill
++Ability
++Desire
++It was his Heart
1 Samuel 15:14 KJV 1900
14 And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?
We know we have a Heart problem.
We know we have a Heart problem.
++We focus on doing over being
++Satisfied with Sacrifice over obedience
++We cannot see obvious sin
Revelation 2:1–4 KJV 1900
1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
You can have a heart problem and
++Work Hard
++have High moral Character
++be biblically literate
++with patience and endurance

You left your first Love

David was raised up because of a testimony

because of a testimony
Of pride of accomplishment
His testimony was
++Not of his accomplishment
Miraculous Provision
++Not of Miraculous Provision
He had a heart after God
++That He had a heart after God
It was that heart
++Unseen by men
++In plain view of God
++Connected David to God's will
1 Samuel 16:7 KJV 1900
7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
Our prayer life is an expression of our
Our prayer life is an expression of our
++Knowledge of God
++Connection to God
++Love for God
Philippians 2:9 KJV 1900
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Philippians 1:9–10 KJV 1900
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
Philippians 1:9–11 KJV 1900
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Prayer recognizes
Prayer recognizes
++God's Power
++God's Presence
++God's Provision
David's greatness wasn't found
++Facing the Giant
++Facing the Lion
++Facing the Bear
David's greatness was found
++In fellowship with God
++In the knowledge of God
++In his understanding of who God made him to be
Proverbs 23:7 KJV 1900
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; But his heart is not with thee.
David didn't think like the world around him.

David didn't think like the world around him.

1 Samuel 17:11 KJV 1900
11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.
The Giant stood before them
The Giant stood before them
++Saul was afraid
++The Army was dismayed
++David prayed
1 Samuel 17:24–26 KJV 1900
24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid. 25 And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel. 26 And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
Mixed responses
Mixed responses
++Saul offered a reward
++The army felt unqualified
++They saw only the obstacle
++David saw and opportunity

Prayer is shaped by the condition of the heart.

Proverbs 4:23 KJV 1900
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; For out of it are the issues of life.
Keep your Heart
Keep your Heart
++Intentionally
++It is the source of all issues
Luke 6:45 KJV 1900
45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
It all starts in the Heart
It all starts in the Heart
++Good cannot come from an evil heart
++Evil cannot come from a good heart

The only way to change a man is to change his heart.

Ezekiel 36:26 KJV 1900
26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Proverbs 27:19 KJV 1900
19 As in water face answereth to face, So the heart of man to man.
The Heart is like a mirror
The Heart is like a mirror
It makes us visible
Psalm 139:23–24 KJV 1900
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: Try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.
The Lords Search
The Lords Search
++Unclouded
++Thorough
++Complete

The Lord’s search Is to be embraced

Psalm 51:10 KJV 1900
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; And renew a right spirit within me.
Don't let the Lord
Don't just let the Lord
++leave you unchanged
++touch you without cleansing you
++do it
Invite the Lord
++Use his creative power
++To give you a new heart
++To renew your spirit
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