Heart and soul

By Dave Henning / May 15, 2016

“I believe . . . the most beautiful form of prayer [is] prayer for the healing of the heart and soul.”- John Eldredge

In Chapter 15 (“Inner Healing- Restoring the Soul”) of Moving Mountains, John Eldredge begins by stating that prayer for the healing of the heart and soul is like the spring showers that come to Death Valley.  Wildflowers burst forth from the barren ground.  The land looks like Eden again.

Mr. Eldredge notes that the heart and soul can be wounded, damaged the same way the physical body can be wounded and damaged.  Very few of us make it through life without damage inflicted upon our hearts and souls.  When you experience God’s restoration of your soul and healing of your broken heart- or minister it through prayer to another human being- John states there is nothing like it on earth.  John describes our need for wholeness:

“For the search for wholeness compels every person, every hour of their lives, whether they know it or not.  We ache to be made whole again.  And only one Person who ever walked this earth can do this for the heart and soul he created himself.”

The essence of healing prayer, John explains, is to facilitate Jesus’ presence into specific areas of damage.  John cites Oswald Chambers, who wrote profoundly and deeply on prayer:

“The idea of prayer is not in order to get answers from God.  Prayer is perfect and complete oneness with God.”

Union with God is our greatest need.  Prayer enables us to pour out our hearts before God in order that we can receive His heart toward us.  This will bring about relief you did not know was possible.

Today’s question: What is your response to Oswald Chambers’ statement about the nature of prayer?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: the new Short Meditation, “Wash me in mercy”


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