Today is Valentine’s Day – a day to think about things of the heart. We speak of loving someone “with all our heart.” Hallmark will make several million dollars selling cards with hearts on them. Many floral arrangement with include hearts along with the flowers. Some of us broke teeth on candy hearts given to us by friends, with cute sayings on them such as “Luv U.” Long ago Valentine’s Day was named after an early Christian martyr, Saint Valentine, and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 500 AD. But even before all of that, hearts were a popular subject. One day God was talking with Ezekiel about hearts and said, “Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts . . . should I let Myself be inquired of at all by them” (Ezekiel 14:3)? In other words, if the heart is not filled with the right ingredients, God is not obliged to listen to our prayers. While Valentine’s Day is a good time to express the love of your heart for others, it is also a good time to check on any idols that reside in your heart. Their presence may be why your prayer life is hindered.
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