Problems It Brings
To Live and Work for the Right Reasons ...
Deal with Un-Confessed Sin
Prov 15:29 "The LORD
is far from the wicked: but
he heareth he prayer of the righteous."
The wicked are lost, not
Naturally the Lord is far from them
He "heareth" (Prov 15.29) some and
Isa 59:1 "Behold, the LORD'S hand is not
shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it
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"
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)
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."
saved are heard by God, if they
do His will.
First and primary in His will, after
* Stay confessed up
* "be a worshipper of God".
He "heareth" (Prov 15.29) not the
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
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
to give a bad example of how we are to respect Christ, our
Bridegroom. Repentance is necessary so that
"prayers be not hindered."
How can you and I make sure we live and
work for the right reasons?