The commonly heard moniker is the trust one should have in the silent witness of God. Therefore, we are urged to persistently make our requests known unto God (Philippians 4:6). Despite the stillness of the Father (albeit Psalm 46:10), our silence personally has arisen. There are pains and torments that paralyze the soul so tremendously, the heart can only cry, the mouth being sealed. Emotionally we are esteemed, pricked in the heart lending the lips to sigh, moan, but never utter speech. The prayers of the Christian are targeted by the Evil One. He mocks the soldier’s wounds, hoping to deceive those who cannot pray out loud, to become no longer interested, rather, fatigued from silence. As nominal as pews in worship degenerate, prayer in the heart is ignorance (Jeremiah 17:9). The Psalmist David wrote, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11). The secrecy from which he speaks is the testament of a meditating relationship to Holy God. It is the encompassing passage of mysterious celebration to the Godhead.
The Virgin Mary held within her heart the passionate, clandestine Incarnation revealed to the world as God’s Begotten Son, coming down from Heaven (Luke 1:30-31). Luke notes the humble awareness of Mary’s role as the Mother of God. She was blessed, and even exalted, for the absolute, Providential choosing by the Lord of Hosts: “But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). Awe produced silence, for as she observed Heaven parting the veil of glory, the angel choir shouting, and the gathered shepherds kneeling before an infant Jesus, Mary was astounded. Trials create patience, patience begets endurance, endurance births hope, and hope makes us unashamed (Romans 5:3-5). In the instances of Father David or Mother Mary receiving all glories into the heart, reflecting vividly in the body, Jesus mediates the intentions (1 Timothy 2:5). God revealed to Jeremiah, “I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:10).
A man’s heart cries aloud to the Omnipotent Lord. If God numbers the hairs of the head and counts the sparrows in flight (Matthew 10:29-30), each petition to Himself is heard. There is no word from the inner chambers of self which the Spirit of God neither sees, nor perceives. St. Paul assured the Romans of the Holy Spirit’s entrance into the heart of man,
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God (Romans 8:26-27).
Those vast impulses of word or the grasping for the breath of a faint whimper is felt by God. He understands the human body, for He is our Creator (Genesis 1:1). Notwithstanding, He shall know the rendered desires the heart seeks. Mary’s own heart would be opened to the populace, as Simeon announced: “(Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed” (Luke 2:35). Pour out thine heart to Jesus Christ. Let thy soul be pierced. He awaits thy requests.
But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it(Romans 8:25)