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Worship God With Heart and With Honesty – Gospel Reflection on John 4:24

Today’s Gospel

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. - John 4:24

Reflection

God is a Spirit and we can connect with His Spirit using our hearts. When in prayers, we ought to speak the words within our hearts to God. If we just say something against our will, or speak God is a Spirit and we must use our hearts in order to connect with His Spirit. When praying, we should speak the words within our hearts to God. If we just say something against our will, speak empty words or make great boasts, then no matter how much we pray, God won’t listen. Just as the Bible says: “For as much as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me” (Isaiah 29:13). Praying without sincerity is just cheating God, which is not praised by Him.

Here we’d like to share a paragraph of God’s word: “When praying, you must have a heart that is quiet before God, and you must have a sincere heart. You are truly communing and praying with God—you must not try to wheedle God with nice-sounding words. Prayer should center upon that which God wishes to accomplish right now. Ask God to grant you greater enlightenment and illumination, bring your actual states and your troubles into His presence when you pray, including the resolution that you made before God. Prayer is not about following procedure; it is about seeking God with a sincere heart. Ask that God protect your heart, so that your heart may often be quiet before Him; that in the environment in which He has placed you, you would know yourself, despise yourself, and forsake yourself, thus allowing you to have a normal relationship with God and truly become someone who loves God.”

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