Last night our Pastor taught/preached a wonderful continuation to what he taught last Wednesday – about, “Prayer That God Answers”. He talked about some things that will keep God from hearing and answering our prayers. Here they are from last week and this:
God will not answer our prayers if…
…we have secret sin. Psalms 66:18 – “If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.” If I KNOW I have sin in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. We must pray it out!
…we are indifferent. Proverbs 1:24, 28 – “Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded, Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.” We can’t have indifference in our heart towards God, the house of God, and prayer in the church.
…we are judgmental. Proverbs 21:13 – “Whoever shuts his ears to the poor will also cry himself and not be heard.” If a lost person comes into our church and we look at them (poor in spirit) with a judging attitude, God will not hear us. We should say, “There I go, but by the Grace of God!” What were we before God found us?! God resists the proud.
…we have unforgiveness in our heart. Mark 11:25-26 – “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” No matter what someone has done to us, we MUST forgive them or God will not forgive us when we ask Him to.
How do we know when we have forgiven someone? We forget. If you can’t go a day without thinking of them and what they did, we haven’t forgiven them. If we have trouble forgiving, we must as God, “God, please help me forgive them!” And He will!
“Oh, God! I want You to hear and answer my prayers!”
I’m so thankful to God, every day, for a Pastor who teaches us how to be saved and how to stay saved! We don’t know when we will die and I want to be ready every second of every day in case I die or Jesus comes back for His bride.