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There is no manifestation without preparation. Every encounter with God is born out of adequate preparations.

Read James 5:16 from your Bible.

Prayer has its root in the heart. The Bible says in 1 Samuel 16:7, “…For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”

The heart is what matters most to God. That is the place of communion between Him and the man. It is the altar upon which the sacrifices of praise and the incense of prayers are offered.

In other words, it is not what you do or say outwardly that guarantees a release from heaven, but what goes on in your heart. In fact, what becomes of you ultimately in the kingdom is a function of what goes on in your heart.

Read 1 Samuel 1:13 from your Bible.

She spoke in her heart, but God heard her. Everybody may be commending you for what they see of you outwardly, but God rates you by what He sees in your heart. That means, there is no outstanding answer to prayers without first an outstanding preparation in the heart. God does not reckon with the outward appearance, neither is He moved by physical efforts; what moves Him is your heart. Therefore, your heart must be set for an encounter with Him when you pray.

Since that is the determining factor in receiveth answers to prayers, the heart must be adequately prepared to ensure that the exercise does not end in futility. It is clear from Scriptures that an unprepared heart is not likely to get a response from heaven.

Read Proverbs 16:1 from your Bible.

Before Elijah’s mount Carmel victory, the first thing he did was to repair the broken down altar, which in the New Testament order represents the heart (1 Kings 18:30). If anything has tampered with God’s altar in your life, then get set to repair it; because until that is done, communication in prayer cannot be established.

If you must encounter God in prayers, you must prepare for Him (Matthew 3:3). How do you prepare for Him?

I will be discussing that in the next write up.