PrayerConnect for February 14, 2017

Change of Heart

 
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you…” (Ezekiel 36:26).
Although the exact origins of the celebration of Valentine’s Day are somewhat unclear, the holiday continued to gain popularity through the centuries. It wasn’t until the 1840s that Valentine’s Day cards began to be produced with expressions focusing on the heart. Even before then, in the Old Testament, God relayed His expressions regarding the heart.
The first medical heart transplant was performed in modern times within the century, however, God’s promise of a spiritual heart transplant was made more than two-and-a-half thousand years ago, as written in Ezekiel 36:26.
The word “heart” does not just mean the organ in your body that keeps blood flowing and performs other functions, but Biblically speaking, the heart is your core being or the seat of your emotional and intellectual state. Sometimes the words heart and spirit even are used interchangeably. The heart also associates to the whole “inner man.” Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
Unlike ever before, we need a heart for “prayer.” We need a spiritual heart transplant. With a new heart and God’s Spirit within, we will be able to have a deeper and genuine relationship with Him. Jesus died for us so that He could be our heart donor, so that we might have life.
I am reminded of a story about Michael Brady who was a stuntman for Universal Studios and specialized in skydiving. Michael attempted to parachute onto the top of a moving train. Climbing up the ladder on the side of the train to check some rigging, he accidentally fell, hitting his head and dying instantly. Michael’s heart was placed inside the body of Bill Wohl, who had been kept alive for the previous 159 days by a temporary artificial heart. Six months and one day after getting a new heart, Bill received a letter from Michael’s family with a picture of Michael enclosed. Bill was surprised to find that he had the heart of a 36-year-old Hollywood stuntman.
“I looked at this picture,” Bill said, “at this incredibly good-looking, super-fit, super athletic guy, and I thought, ‘Are you kidding me? That’s whose heart I’ve got?'” Before his heart transplant, Bill had been a Type-A, overweight, money-obsessed businessman pursuing a jet-setter lifestyle. Today, he works part-time, spending most of his new-found energy winning speed and performance medals in swimming, cycling and track.
Michael had a change of heart. Truly, a new heart changed him! Do you need a change of heart today?  Don’t be cold-hearted or even half-hearted. Have a heart from/for God! By doing so, you will want to pray and have a close relationship with Him. God has a heart (change) for us…so you can have a heart (craving) for Him!  For this is…“the heart of the matter”!
Flo Shaw
Director
World Network of Prayer