Un-Confessed Sin
The Problems It Brings

To Live and Work for the Right Reasons ...
Deal with Un-Confessed Sin

Un-confessed sin hinders prayer

Prov 15:29  "The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth he prayer of the righteous."

The wicked are lost, not saved
Naturally the Lord is far from them

The Lord is never distant from the saved but when they act like the lost
 * He will not hear their prayer
 * He will not fellowship
 * He waits for true repentance

The saved can never be lost, but when the saved act like the lost, the Lord will not hear them. 

The Lord opens up to the saved who confess and repent.
The Lord will hear the wicked (lost) only when they trust Christ as Savior.

He "heareth" (Prov 15.29) some and not others

Isa 59:1  "Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear"

Isa 59:2  "But your iniquities (sin) have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear"

The saved are heard by the Lord, if they are repentant of present sin.
The lost are not heard by God. 
* They have unforgiven sin.
* The only prayer God hears from the lost is that for salvation.

He "heareth" (Prov 15.29) worshippers

John 9:31  "Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth."

The saved are heard by God, if they do His will.
First and primary in His will, after salvation
* Stay confessed up
* "be a worshipper of God".

He "heareth" (Prov 15.29) not the proud

Psa 138:6  "Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off."

The Lord does not hear the proud:
They refuse to examine themselves for sin (sin of pride) to confess and repent;  the proud are often pridefully busy examining others.

He "heareth" (Prov 15.29) forgivers

Mark 11:25  "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses."

The primary concern, of a person wanting to be heard should be, "have I forgiven everyone else?" 
If we will not forgive others: we have that as an un-confessed sin sin" ; and our prayers will not be heard.

He "heareth" (Prov 15.29) the unselfish

James 4:3  "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts."

Asking of God for self, will hinder prayer.
To ask God for what you want, is to not ask of God for what He wants, thereby asking out of His will.  To be out of God's will is to be in unconfessed sin and He will not hear us in that state.  We "receive not."

He "heareth" (Prov 15.29) those that honor their spouse

1 Pet 3:7  "Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered."

To behave dishonorably to your spouse is to act like those that are wicked and sinful.
To disrespect a spouse is to give a bad example of how we are to respect Christ, our Bridegroom.  Repentance is necessary so that "prayers be not hindered."


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