Prayerfully Speaking

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God is Incessantly in Love with You

I wanted yesterday’s post, When Prayer Comes Before Obedience, to shine the light on God’s truth without causing any shame or distortions of the one true God. These are the verses I shared:

Proverbs 28:9 – If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.

Psalm 66:18 -If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened

I edited the post several times hoping I was going to represent God well. I was so happy when Kevin Shorter, Prayer Coach, commented and filled in the gaps with more truth. I’m very grateful to him for giving me permission to share his thoughts – the big picture, with you:

My first thoughts are that God will still choose to hear some prayers that come from those holding onto sin. Even as believers we are all working to remove the hold sin has on our hearts. We ask for our daily bread then go out and worry about today’s provisions. We ask for a greater capacity to love, but withhold love from those who have hurt us. It is the place where God grants us mercy.

I personally think the bigger point with the two verses you mentioned are that sin in its basest form is running from God. Therefore when you are not wanting God except to do what you want, you will miss the way He would chose to answer you. He is a good Father, and His answers to our prayers are always out of love. By refusing to listen to the prayers of those that refuse to have relationship with Him, He forces them to rethink their position with God. God’s heart is to lead them to repentance, but some may just completely turn their backs.

For the average believer, these verses should cause our hearts to open more to God showing His great big heart for us. It is His kindness that leads us to repentance. If we don’t feel the Holy Spirit’s conviction, then we shouldn’t dig for sin but assume God is teaching us something different. God’s conviction brings life not death to those that respond.

God is incessantly in love with you.

About Jennifer O. White

I’m a simple wife who has discovered God’s amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you’ve ever imaged.

2 Replies

  1. Jennifer, it is an honor that you brought my comment out into a post. Your previous post did a great job bring light to a topic that holds people into bondage. I love how you titled this post. I laughed when I wrote that yesterday because it is not a word I use often.

    By the way, I love the pictures you choose for your posts. The one yesterday was humorous while conveying the topic well. The one today is perfect. As a father I know that “incessant” love I have for my children. I know that feeling that they can do no wrong, when they put there little hands in mine. You have a good eye for the right picture.

    Blessings.

    1. Jennifer White

      Thank you Kevin – for blessing me with your encouraging words. Your wisdom and revelation regarding prayer and relationship with God is a gift. I look forward to reading more of your posts.