v145a, “I cry out with my whole heart; Hear me, O LORD!”
I believe this is the only way God will hear us. God wants us to love Him with all of our heart, all of our soul, all of our mind, and all of our strength (Mark 12:30). The only genuine prayer that can be uttered is with a whole heart. The depth of the writers emotion is apparent here. He is crying out fully to God with no reservation. When we come before Him any moment of the day, we should cry out with everything we are. It is those who seek Him with their whole heart who find Him (Deut 4:29; Prov 8:27; Jeremiah 29:13). Anytime we pray, we are not just saying words or going through a routine. When we seek God, especially in prayer, the words we say, the intention of our hearts, and the thoughts of our minds must having meaning and carry our utter dependence on Him. The promise God makes as in Jeremiah 29:13, is when we seek Him in that fashion, we will find Him.
Let it never be said of us as Jesus spoke about the religious leaders of the day “This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.”
We are to be people who cry out to God with our whole hearts in prayer, lift up our hands and worship Him with our whole hearts, and we should be His servants with our whole hearts. Anything that interferes with that purpose should be laid aside.