“It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” – Gandhi
Prayer is something that can often become a performance without us even realizing it. Sometimes we think “I should pray more” or “I haven’t prayer enough lately” which reduces prayer to something we can achieve from our own effort – as though prayer is a good work that we do.
I believe, rather, that prayer is a place of our heart being filled by the presence of God. Prayer is not a good work, but it puts in a place of surrendur to Christ enabling the Holy Spirit to do good works through us.
A heart of prayer is one that is completely authentic and genuine, filled by God. There is no performance or catering to what we believe we ought to do, but out of the heart that is in the presence of God our words also are authentic and genuine.
Prayer conducted because we feel like we are supposed to, rather than from a heart that is with God, will be based on a belief that we are supposed to perform a certain action in order to be a better person.
But a true heart of prayer is holy and blameless. How can one who is holy and blameless become a better person?
Prayer reveals who we truly are in the eyes of God, and enables us to see others with that same grace-enabling-power of redemption to the freedom of Truth.