Our heart’s desires are released in prayer. How are the desires of our heart expressed? Are they expressed in a multitude of words? Are they expressed as desires for earthly treasures? Or, is the desire of our heart expressed as a total surrendering of our will to God?
A surrendering of our will requires a release of self-love for the love of God. Our prayer of surrender is a plea to bare all and endure all for the God. The Holy Spirit will enkindle a fire of love of God within our heart and stoke the flames of that fire to refine and purify our love of God. When surrendered to Christ, the crosses we carry, the humiliations we bare for Christ, our earthly desires that burden us, and the self-love that weighs us to this world can fuel the flames that refine and purify our love of God.