Those who truly hear the word of God are motivated to respond to it through faith. Those who come to truly know God are those who prepare their hearts to receive His will completely and unequivocally. Like the Earth, which is prepared to receive the sower’s seed in order that it might produce fruit, prepared hearts are ready to receive whatever God has written that spiritual fruit might mature to the honor and praise of the God of heaven. To those with prepared hearts, the case for God is solidly confirmed and becomes the firm foundation for all their thoughts and actions.
In the Old Testament book of Ezra the inspired word says, “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.” Ezra 7:10