Preparing Your Heart for the Lord

Ask the Lord to search your heart! Heart searching prepares your heart for prayer and leads to personal revival.

Psalm 139:23-24 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts. Point out anything you find in me that makes you sad, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
1 John 1:5-10; Psalm 32:1-7

Confession of faith is necessary for fellowship with God and revival among God’s people.

Prayerfully consider the following questions:


Every “yes” answer means sin is in your life.

On reading these questions, as you are convicted of sin, confess it at once to God. Be willing to make it right. Then you can claim cleansing and forgiveness.


1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Be sure to name your sin to God, as, “Lord, I have not put you first in my plans,” or “I have neglected Your Word and prayer.” Do not make the least excuse for sin of any kind in your life.

Proverbs 18:13, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper; but whosoever confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy“.

No matter what others do or do not do, Christian, leave nothing undone on your part. God wants to work through you to bring about a great spiritual awakening. He can begin by your fulfilling every requirement shown by the Lord through the Holy Spirit and His Word. A revival from the presence of the Lord begins today if you desire it. Read the scripture first. Ask the question, give a truthful answer “yes” or “no”.


  1. Is there anyone against whom you hold a grudge? Anyone you have not forgiven? Anyone you hate? Anyone you do not love? Are there any misunderstandings that you are unwilling to forget? Is there any person against whom you are harbouring bitterness, resentment, or jealousy? Anyone you dislike to hear praised or well spoken of? Do you allow anything to justify a wrong attitude toward another?Matthew 6:12-15: “…and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. Don’t bring us into temptation but deliver us from the Evil One. Amen. Your heavenly Father will forgive you if you forgive those who sin against you; but if you refuse to forgive them, He will not forgive you.”
  2. Is there anything in which you have failed to put God first? Have your decisions been made after your own wisdom and desires, rather than seeking and following God’s will? Do any of the following, in any way, interfere with your surrender and service to God: ambition, pleasures, loved ones, friendships, desire for recognition, money, your plans?Matthew 6:33: “…but seek first His Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
  3. Have you failed to seek the lost for Christ? Have you failed to witness consistently with your mouth for the Lord Jesus Christ? Has your life not shown to the lost the Lord Jesus?Mark 6:15: “Others thought Jesus was Elijah the ancient prophet, now returned to life again; still others claimed he was a new prophet like the great ones of the past.”
  4. Are you secretly pleased over the misfortunes of another? Are you secretly annoyed over the accomplishments or advancements of another? Are you guilty of contention or strife? Do you quarrel, argue or engage in heated discussions? Are you a partaker in any division, or party spirit? Are there people whom you deliberately slight?John 13:35: “Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
  5. Have you robbed God by withholding His due of time, talents, and money? Have you given less than a tenth of your income for God’s work? Have you failed to support mission work either in prayer or in offerings?Acts 20:35: “And I was a constant example to you in helping the poor; for I remembered the words of the Lord Jesus, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’.”
  6. Are you undependable so that you can not be trusted with responsibilities in the Lord’s work? Are you allowing your emotions to be stirred for the things of the Lord, but doing nothing about it?I Corinthians 4:2: “Now the most important thing about a servant is that he does just what his Master tells him to.
  7. Are you in any way careless with your body? Do you fail to care for it as the temple of the Holy Spirit? Are you guilty of intemperance in eating or drinking? Do you have any habits which are defiling to the body?I Corinthians 6: 19-20: “Haven’t you learned that your body is the home of the Holy Spirit God gave you, and that he lives within you? Your own body does not belong to you. For God has bought you with a great price. So use every part of your body to give glory back to God, because he owns it.”
  8. Do you take the slightest credit for anything good about you, rather than give all the glory to God? Do you talk of what you have done rather than of what Christ has done? Are your statements mostly about “I”?I Corinthians 10:31: “Well, I’ll tell you why. It is because you must do everything for the glory of god, even your eating and drinking.
  9. Are you self conscious rather than Christ conscious? Do you allow feelings of inferiority to keep you from attempting things you should in serving God?Ephesians 3:20: “Now glory be to God who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of – infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.”
  10. Do you underpay? Do you do very little in your work? Have you been careless in the payment of your debts? Have you sought to evade payment of debts? Do you waste time? Do you waste time for others?Ephesians 4:28: “If anyone is stealing he must stop it and begin using those hands for honest work so he can give to others in need.
  11. Do you complain? Do you find fault? Do you have a critical attitude towards any person or thing? Are you irritable or cranky? Do you ever carry hidden anger? Do you get angry? Do you become impatient with others? Are you ever harsh or unkind?Ephesians 4:31: “Stop being mean, bad-tempered and angry. Quarreling, harsh words, and dislike of others should have no place in your lives.”
  12. Do you listen to unedifying radio or TV programs? Do you read unworthy magazines? Do you partake in worldly amusements? Do you find it necessary to seek satisfaction from any questionable source? Are you doing certain things that show that you are not satisfied in the Lord Jesus Christ?Ephesians 5:16 “So be careful how you act; these are difficult days. Don’t be fools; be wise; make the most of every opportunity you have for doing good.
  13. Have you neglected to thank Him for all things: the seemingly bad as well as the good? Have you virtually called God a liar by doubting His word? Do you worry? Is your spiritual temperature based on your feelings instead of on the facts of God’s word?James 1:17: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows.
  14. Are you taken up with the cares of this life? Is your conversation or heart joy over “things” rather than the Lord and His Word? Does anything mean more to you than living for and pleasing Christ?Philippians 3:7-8: “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.
  15. Do you ever, by word or deed, seek to hurt someone? Do you gossip? Do you speak unkindly concerning people when they are not present? Do you carry prejudice against true Christians because they are of some different group than yours, or because they do not see everything exactly like you do?Philippians 2:14: “In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing (so that no one can speak a word of blame against you. You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God a dark world full of people who are crooked and stubborn. Shine out among them like beacons lights, holding out to them the Word of Life)”.
  16. Have you neglected to seek to be pleasing to Him in all things? Do you carry any bitterness toward God? Have you complained against Him in any way? Have you been dissatisfied with His provision for you? Is there in your heart any unwillingness to obey God fully? Do you have any reservations as to what you would or would not do concerning anything that might be His will? Have you disobeyed some direct leading from Him?Philippians 4:4: “Always be full of joy in the Lord; I say it again, rejoice!
  17. Do you engage in empty and unprofitable conversation? Do you ever lie? Do you ever exaggerate? Cheat? Steal? Carefully consider…do you overcharge?Colossians 3:9 “Don’t tell lies to each other; it was your old life with all its wickedness that did that sort of thing; now it is dead and gone.
  18. Do you have any personal habits that are not pure? Do you allow impure thoughts about the opposite sex to stay in your mind? Do you read that which is impure or suggests unholy things? Do you indulge in any entertainment that is unclean? Are you guilty of the lustful look?II Timothy 2:22: “Run from anything that gives you the evil thoughts that young men often have, but stay close to anything that makes you want to do right. Have faith and love, and enjoy the companionship of those who love the Lord and have pure hearts.

17 Responses to “Preparing Your Heart for the Lord”

  • Kola says:

    All of the above applies to me. I can see myself there. Im not proud at all about it. I really need help and prayer about preparing my heart for the Lord and obeying Him in my ways. Please I need your prayer

  • Alfred says:

    Hi again.
    Sanctification is the (lifelong) process of becoming more like Jesus. I like the words from Gal 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” These help to set the stage for this to happen.

  • Alfred says:

    This list of 18 soul-searching items took me 3 days to read.
    Life is a journey and an adventure. When we grow weary it is time to read God’s word, which says:
    “But those who wait on the Lord
    Shall renew their strength;
    They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
    They shall run and not be weary,
    They shall walk and not faint.” —Isa 40:31, NKJV.
    I have tried both: to go my own way, as well as to go with the ONE we can depend on and lean on.
    Now I never want to go it alone, but have God to lean on as He guides me. Opening again the Bible, we read “I am the Lord, I change not.” — Malachi 3:6.
    God is at work, helping me to grow as I journey. I have found that it is good not to be too hard on myself when I fail, but to say with Paul:
    “–let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” —Hebrews 12:1-2.

  • Jocelyn Troutner says:

    Gods good even if we are lost I give you God everything

  • Dots says:

    All of the above relate to me. I need your prayer support brethren. May God be gracious. Thank you.

  • Chris says:

    jan…sorry you are struggling…you mention thought battles…would you be able to share a bit more in detail about those? i am sure jesus has some answers for you as you do. thanks!

  • Jan says:

    Numbers two, six and eighteen are areas I need Jesus to help me with. My thoughts give me the most trouble. I have only been a reader of God’s word since 2007. I pray to do God’s will and hope I will be led to however I can be of service to Him. I realize being re-born is living a life for Christ and not for my selfish ways. putting on the new woman…..think that will take time. I pray and surrender my heart, mind and soul to Him. Thank you for the above insight for a right relationship with a God. I give it to the Holy Spirit because it is too much……..only He can change all of this. I pray to know what needs to be changed.

  • Elkay says:

    Juanita, I resonate with your recognition of how much “wrong” we are doing but I don’t think the article intended to make us sad. It more strongly makes us aware of how far we fall short of God’s original intentions for mankind . . . and then of how much He loves us that He would send Jesus, His beloved Son, to take the punishment for our sins. We do not deserve it, but His grace trumps our sins (Rom 5:20) and then there no condemnation remains against us (Rom 8:1). Our response is to humbly ask God to send His Spirit into our hearts and chip away at whatever displeases Him, replacing it with love for God and our fellow man. 1 Peter 4:8 tells us that “Love covers a multitude of sins.”

    Flower, even if a married man and woman were hugging etc. during worship it would be distracting. We have to remember that we are engaged in spiritual warfare and it may well be that God wanted you to hear the particular message your Pastor gave that Sunday but our enemy wanted to block it. Showing love to them and praying for people is a God-honoring response, no matter what their behavior is . . . “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom 3:23). Continue to pray for them as we all need prayer.

  • Flower says:

    Last Sunday in church there was a lesbian couple in front of me and during service and worship there were hugging and holding hands and so on. I was so annoyed, I know we should love them and I showed love to them but I wanted to tell them something. Pastor said that we can’t reject them. But my spirit was suffering I couldn’t pray and worship properly. I was praying for them. What should I do next Sunday?

  • This makes me really sad.. because it is everything I am doing wrong. Lord give me strength to become every bit of a good person I can be.

  • Kate says:

    Angela, never give up. Our Lord knows we are dust and He sustains us. We live by faith, because we cannot achieve or be all that we are called to do and become, but in Christ we are whole and holy.

  • Angela Little Henderson says:

    It makes me sad and a little discouraged to read some of the things listed above. I too must say i fall short of alot of those things. Please pray for me that i will be strengthen in my walk of becoming more and more like him. I wish these changes would come quickly, I become very displeased with myself and sometimes just feel like giving up.

  • Elkay says:

    Josiah, as I read that list, I find myself in the same boat with you. One prayer that has helped me over the years is to ask Jesus to come into my heart and chip out every dark thing that offends Him and to replace it with His light. While not much changes instantly, I am assured by Phil 1:6 that “God, who began the good work within me, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” and that “The Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.” (2 Cor 3:18) Be patient with your progress along these lines; imagine yourself to be clay in the hands of God the Potter and let Him do His work in the ways He desires. There is a phrase in a popular song (Rooftops) that says, “All that I am, I place into Your loving hands. And I am Yours, I am Yours!” I have adopted it as my mantra; let it become yours also.

    “Abba Father, Josiah has asked for prayer for Your help in his struggle with various of humanities’ sinful ways. I ask that for myself also. While we know that we are declared righteous in Your eyes because of Christ’s sacrificial death, we desire to worship You by our obedience to Your laws. Please send Your Spirit into our hearts and give us the wisdom to know how best to abide by Your will and the strength to so do. In Jesus’ name we come to Your throne to find grace to help in this quest. Amen.”

  • Josiah N. Canfield says:

    I’m guilty of far too many of these, and sadly struggle to stop in many or am deceived into believing I’ve conquered some. Please keep me in prayer, and please keep the others who posted in prayer too. God is doing and will continue to do a wonderful thing!

  • shelley anderson says:

    Dear Abba Father-Daddy, Lord i lift up my brother to You at this time in his walk with You, that you will help him with these issues that he is facing and that he will “Let go and let You” take control of them and help him walk Your walk and talk You talk. In Jesus Mighty Name /amen.

  • Sharon says:

    good article something to think for sure some of it for me too for prayer for me to keep my heart prepaerd and to stay soft toward for God

  • Steven L. Harding says:

    All of the above applies to me. I can see myself there. Im not proud at all about it. I need help and prayer about preparing my heart for the Lord.

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