Monday, June 7, 2021

The Heart of Prayer

By: Joanne Viola

Prayer. It is a part of our lives as believers. As much as it is written about, there remains much to yet be learned. Recently, “The Path of Prayer” by Samuel Chadwick came across my path. For the next several weeks, let’s visit the book and see what can be gleaned and applied to our lives.

We pray to God, acknowledging He is our Father. Much the way our children come to us, their parents, with their wants and needs, we are encouraged to come to God.

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11, NASB)
“Prayer is possible and reasonable because it is filial. It is natural for a child to ask of its father, and it is reasonable for the father to listen to the request of his child.”
(from The Path of Prayer by Samuel Chadwick, page 1)

We pray to our Father, making known our needs to Him, acknowledging that He alone is able to undertake in provision and changing of our circumstances. As God responds to our prayers and we give testimony to His response, others come to see the hand of God at work in the lives of His children

“I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all searching for answers only You provide
‘Cause You know just what we need before we say a word.

You’re a good, good Father
It’s who You are, it’s who You are, it’s who You are
And I’m loved by You
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am.”

(from Good, Good Father by Chris Tomlin)

The way in which God responds is according to His will, His purpose, and in His love and wisdom. It is always for our good.

“Prayer makes all things possible, for it links the praying soul to the omnipotence of God.”
(Samuel Chadwick)

Prayer makes all the difference in our lives, in our circumstances, and in our relationship with God. It binds our hearts to His, as Father and sons and daughters.

God is our good Father,
and He is the very heart of prayer.

 Photo by Krisy Viola





  1. This is my favorite aspect of payer--that I can bring anything to the Father who loves me and is able to take care of any need.

    1. Yes, He truly knows best. May we be willing to accept His answers and gifts.


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