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Heart and Soil

Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” Mark 4:9 NIV

Today’s verse comes from what is commonly known as The Parable of the Sower. A farmer goes out, flinging the seeds broad to cover as much ground as possible. Some seeds fall on the hard path, rocky soil, and thorny ground, but some fall on good soil and flourish. The parable could be interpreted with us as the sower in evangelism efforts, but it can also be interpreted as the soil is the state of our hearts, and Jesus is the sower.

When we remember our acceptance of Jesus Christ, it was when his seed fell on good soil. We heard the message of his good news, the tugging of his grace, understood what it meant, and received him into our hearts. With the seed firmly planted, we mature and grow to become more like Jesus.

But we aren’t planted only once; God continues to spread the seed. We read and study God’s Word and attend church on Sunday to hear the Word expounded. All these are new seeds to be planted. As they take root, we flourish and produce that thirty, sixty, hundred-times yield (v. 20), but our ears must hear, and our hearts remain fertile. 

We recognize, at times, that we fail to hear and our hearts are not ready to receive. Though it’s not where we want to be, we don’t have to be content in our state; we can change the condition of our hearts in prayer. 

Here’s how we might pray in the various heart soil conditions.

The Hard Path: Lord, soften our hearts. Remove any hardness that prevents Your Word from taking root. May we be receptive and teachable, ready to hear and understand.

The Rocky Soil: Father, help us not to be shallow in our faith. Strengthen our roots so that we can endure trials and challenges. May Your Word sink deep into our souls, anchoring us in You.

The Thorny Ground: Lord, reveal any distractions or worries that choke the growth of Your Word within us. Grant us wisdom to prioritize eternal things over temporary concerns.

The Good Soil: Thank You for the good soil—the hearts that receive Your Word, bear fruit, and multiply. May our lives reflect Your truth, impacting others around us.

Lord Jesus, You are the Living Word. Plant Your truth in us, and may it yield a hundredfold. Transform our perspectives, deepen our faith, and satisfy our souls like nothing else can.

In Your precious name, we pray. Amen. 


Pastor Tim

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