When Prayers Come Before My Obedience to God
It was a “time stands still” moment for me when the lady who counseled me said, “God does not answer our prayers when we are choosing to sin.” My brain felt like it was tilting because in my mind – the GOD of the universe, the Lover of my soul would surely answer my prayers unconditionally. But I knew this woman knew her Bible inside and out. She was right! Here are the verses that support her statement.
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.
This is not an easy pill to swallow. But it’s straight out of God’s Word – our ultimate truth.
Obedience is a BIG deal to God. Not because He’s so mean, selfish, and ruling with a scowl on his face saying – “It’s my way or the highway!”
He’s a God who loves us and knows exactly what we need in order to live the abundant life that Jesus left Heaven to give to us. God knows what we are sacrificing when we don’t follow his advice or live under the authority of His wisdom. He has eyes to see that what we are choosing to do or not do is sub-par to what he has to offer us.
He’s a fountain of endless forgiveness. He is Wisdom! He is sure we are not perfect and always offers mercy for our failings. The door is always open for us to come to Him in our time of need. But this is a relationship, not an endless ATM of what we want the way we want it and when we want it with no regard to what He wants.
He lays out the steps for us in Matthew 6:33 (Amplified),…“But seek ( aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness ( His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
I would like to hear from you on this. When you read these verses, are you a little taken aback? Does it make you angry? Please don’t hang your head in guilt. This post is about shining the light on the truth.
My prayer for me and you:
Thank You God for wanting to give us the best of what You have to offer: Your love, Your mercy, your help, Your perspective, Your right answers, Your joy. Help me to choose to obey You. Help me to trust that Your way is the best way for me. I want to honor You with my obedience. Let Your Holy Spirit living inside me show me where I am choosing to ignore You and Your perfect Word. I want to love You with my obedience and trust that You are working on my behalf to accomplish more than I know how to ask You for. Amen
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.