“Heart Problems”

Family Devotional Guide

 Key Verse:

 “If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.”                (Psalm 66:18)


Key Themes:

  • Sin blocks our prayers.
  • The only prayer of the non-Christian that God hears is the prayer for 
repentance and faith in Jesus.

Lesson Summary:

Did you know that we all have heart problems? Not physical heart problems but spiritual heart problems called sin. We have already learned that our sin puts a separation between God and us. It also hides God’s face from us so that He does not listen to our prayers. We learned of seven heart problems: lack of desire to pray, wrong motives, insincerity, pride, unkindness, selfishness, and not trusting in Jesus.

We should examine our hearts regularly to make sure that we don’t have a heart problem that could block our prayers. We can’t change our heart or take way our heart problems – but Jesus can. Do you want to pray for your heart now?


Family Devotional:

Read: Luke 23:32-43


  1. What was the heart attitude of the rulers and the soldiers?
  2. What was the heart attitude of the criminal in verse 39? How does it compare with the attitude of the rulers and the soldiers?
  3. What was the second criminal’s response to the words and attitude of the first criminal?
  4. What did the second criminal request of Jesus? How did Jesus answer that request?
  5. What does this passage tell you about Jesus?
  6. What does this passage tell your about how we should make our request to Jesus?

Pray: Use this passage to help you to pray asking God to reveal any heart problems you may have.