God needs an open heart to enter. Jesus came into the world and many rejected His words and deeds. For us to receive Jesus, we must be ready and willing for Him. Some days, our hearts can be fearful, sad, uncertain or hurting. We may want to close in on ourselves. However, we must not allow this to occur. Silent, open prayer helps us ready our hearts for Jesus. Prayers of praise or thanksgiving reminds us of our blessings received from God. Petitions remind us of the power of God to heal and help. Never lose heart!