Why do I feel strong emotions when I pray?

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By BibleAsk Team


Emotions

When people pour their hearts before the Lord and pray, emotions of relief and comfort comes upon their souls. The Holy Spirit is called the comforter (John 14:16) because He comforts the broken in heart. No one can fully understand what we are going through like the One who loved us enough to give up His life to save us. The Bible declares, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

One of the ministries of the Spirit of God is to shape the human heart to have emotions as an instrument for the display of Christ’s character (Galatians 5:17). The Holy Spirit impresses the soul with God’s love which softens the heart and causes our emotions to act with gratitude and love (Luke 7:38). The convictions of the Holy Spirit brings tears of repentance to God’s children. The apostle Peter after he denied Jesus, “wept bitterly” under the conviction of the Spirit (Matthew 26:75).

Made in God’s Image

Humans have emotions because God has emotions. We are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). The Bible says, “Jesus wept” (John 11:35) when He saw the people mourning and grieving over the dead Lazarus. Again Jesus wept over Jerusalem the city that rejected Him: “And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it” (Luke 19:41). Jesus wept because He could see what the multitudes could not see, the awful doomed fate of Jerusalem at the hands of Roman armies, less than 40 years later.

Emotions do not authenticate truth; emotions cannot verify the historicity of the resurrection of Christ or other historical and theological realities. But emotions do authenticate our understanding of the truth. Christians should not act based on their emotions but on principle. Believers become new creatures when they build their lives on the truths of the Word of God (John 17:17).

A happy heart is the greatest evidence for the truth transforming the heart. The Bible teaches, “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22,23)

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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