The Heart of Jesus

Love is a Person Who is Ready to Pour Through Prayer

"Through our obedience to Him to pray together, we can exponentially give birth to new believers. Isn't it exciting that we can come together to seek His heart, with no other accessories needed, gain a glimpse of His heart and pray then with results? As we watch reality correspond with what we felt in prayer, the Truth Himself gets outs and the power is released to change hearts! His Holy Spirit is that real. His Love is that real."

There has been a scene running through my mind all during 2009. I have cried and wept more over this imagined scene more than any other last year. Here it is:

You just know people, how we are and how we are not; By cross referencing Scriptures, we get a picture of the Event at Calvary. At one point, both thieves, to Jesus right and left were hurling insults. (Matthew 27:44) But something changed, when one began to defend Jesus.

What happened?

We don't know for certain, but my deepest gut believes that one man glanced into Jesus' eyes. He saw Something strange, foreign, but powerfully sincere. The same Heart which caused a Roman soldier to declare that "This man had to have been a son of the gods" as he heard Jesus plead his enemies' case to a grieving Father, was the same thing that caused this dying thief to have compassion on the One dying for him - though the thief did not know it at the time.

He saw love and compassion in Jesus eyes and in turn, had compassion on Jesus. "I will have compassion on you O Lord, My strength" (King David in literal Hebrew of Psalm 18:1) The thief knew he was staring into the eyes of a truly Good Man; Little did he know it was God-Man. This thief was probably not very versed in theology, but knew deep down if there was any claim to a domain in the hereafter, that this Jesus dying next to him, would certainly have some kind of rule in eternity. He could feel (sense) that such goodness would have some advocacy on the other side. Little did he know just how powerful. Little did he know he was talking to God Himself. The thief said unto Jesus, "Master, remember me when you come into your kingdom" (Luke 23:42)

In other words, "You are good. I can see this. I'm not. And I deeply know this. Only someone like you could ever have any redeeming affect on this selfish heart and sorry life I have lived. It would be more than I deserve if you just remembered my face." The truth of our condition became so clear in this moment and this man, looking at his life, filled with regret and shame, yet feeling for Another, was timidly, but not expectedly, asking for just a memory in the heart of this Good Man. He wasn't even thinking or hoping for eternal life, for he knew he didn't deserve it. The theological debate in those days was whether or not eternal life was real or not anyway. A memory would be more than he ever deserved.

And all that is the Heart of Heaven with compassion so eternally deep looked back into this man's heart and in effect said: "Not only will I remember your face, heart and name...but even you're going to be with Me. You're not alone. I'm here with you now and together we will always be."

Who is this Man?

God submits to us through history the very same thing this thief saw in Jesus eyes. That thing is literally and tangibly, not metaphorically, the same substance that zapped a man like a bug which negligently touched the Ark of the Covenant. This thing is pure Love; A love so white-hot that nothing selfish can get within an eternity of Him. Yet He wrapped this Love in human flesh and that Love walked among us, bowed down to us to wash our feet and died of a broken heart to heal ours, while pleading our case in real time. By faith he counted his murderers to be his future friends and anticipated us as the wonderful reward of His suffering.


He didn't see cowards and murderers; He sees friends.

His heart is insane. In short, He's absolutely crazy.

The Gospel is insane.

Nobody loves like this!

Praise be to the living God for His wonderful, foolish, insane, unbelievable Love!

There is Nobody with a Heart like His.

We know the discipline of studying the Word, but we must learn the discipline of prayer, especially corporate prayer. Both disciplines are given life in worship, for Bible study without a prayer life is nothing more than a powerless performance and act. It is rife with pride and suffocating legalism. When the Church returns this Heart to the Center of Church life via the continual, seeking corporate prayer meeting, this Heart will once again begin to pour through us via inspired prayers and invade the hearts of others with no need of any other assistance. For no apparent reason people will come into contact with Him, God will call their name through our prayers and they will suddenly encounter Love Himself; Just as this now ex-thief had an encounter, so are those whose names are called out by praying believers, are also destined to hear Love's voice. 

Through our obedience to Him to pray together, we can exponentially give birth to new believers. Isn't it exciting that we can come together to seek His heart, with no other accessories needed, gain a glimpse of His heart and pray then with results? As we watch reality correspond with what we felt in prayer, the Truth Himself gets out and the power is released to change hearts! His Holy Spirit is that real. His Love is that real. This insane Heart is very real. Now it is time for us to get real about how little we know Him. Let's get real.

The time to seek Him together has come.

We owe it to Him.

Our hearts should desire to please Him after what He did for us.

...know them that labour among you... 1 Thessalonians 5:12 * ...pray for one another... James 5:6 * ...the eye cannot say to the hand I have no need of thee... 1 Corinthians 12:21 * ...there is one Body and one Spirit... Ephesians 4:4 * ...the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth... Ephesians 4:16 * ...I pray that they may be one with us so that the world will believe...John 17:21 * pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity...Psalm 133:1 "The purpose of life is companionship." *** "Worship is that form of companionship where we love on Him in response to His great love for us." *** "The most powerful drive in the human heart is the desire for companionship." *** "We inherited this drive from the One we were patterned after." *** "The difference between manipulation and leadership is motive." *** "Motive is purified and guided in the presence of God: Prayer." *** "Pride is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency, an attitude of self-entitlement and a motive for self-glorification." *** "Pride starts subtly and then turns into the aggressive enemy of real companionship" *** "The Cross and the presence of God brings fellowship (heart to heart), but the world offers only socializing (facade to facade)." *** "Every relationship has a foundation. The pride of public ministry has been a foundation for too many. At some point it consumes" *** "There is a difference between worshipping the idea that we worship God and actually worshipping God." *** "Why do we want to see prayer back in the schools, when it is no longer in our homes or churches?" *** "Corporate prayer around the Throne must return the center of church life if there is to be any hope for the masses." *** "Corporate prayer produces effective preaching, not preaching produces corporate prayer." *** "If we are so in the know, why do we no longer gather together to seek God, navigate through our haughty hearts to get a glimpse of God's heart and then pray in the lost?" *** "Christianity is not an enterprise, venture for self-discovery or political or civic organization. It is a Blood-bought fellowship of prayer focused on One." *** "Prayer-based friendships are the only ones that last." *** "Prayer-bathed friendships are not incidental to ministry, they are foundational." *** "Prayer is not a ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is the ministry" *** "It's one thing to tell somebody what we believe about Jesus, it's quite another to be able to introduce someone to our Best Friend." *** "We are more like Martha than Mary; More like Christian activists, than people of prayer." *** "We need unity in humility found at the foot of the Cross, not prideful uniformity that says: 'Look at us doing God's work'" "There has got to be a practical, excecutable strategy in place for us to dethrone the ministry of Hollywood in our homes and bring families and communities together via corporate prayer inspired by the Spirit. Technology is not the enemy; Our disobedient laziness is the enemy." ***