God hears childlike prayers, for his Spirit searches our hearts and brings them to God (Rom. 8:26). But, as we grow as disciples, we should mature in prayer beyond this. Our prayers should still have child-like devotion, but the content of our prayers is also important. In Hebrew, the heart and mind are both expressed in the word lev, which hints at an inseparable connection between the two. So when the Bible calls us to pray with our lev, it involves not only the emotions of the heart but the content of the mind. Feeling as well as focus, conviction as well content characterize biblical prayer. One day Jesus’ disciples said: “Lord, teach us to pray.” What are they asking? How does Jesus answer?
Scripture: Luke 11:1-4; Matthew 6:5-15