I'm Not Listening
I’m Not Listening!
Proverbs 28:9 “God detests the prayers of a person who ignores the law.”
Proverbs 28:9 is pretty tough, it is almost like God is saying to those who are not saved when they pray, “I’m Not Listening!” That’s tough, for believers, we are used to hearing the wo rds in James 5:16b when it comes to prayer, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” When a righteous person prays, their prayers are heard by God and are powerful. But what about an unrighteous person, the person who is not saved or who is living a lifestyle of sin? Their prayers are not heard by God, as a matter of fact God detests and despises their prayers. He says, I’m Not Listening because I do not know you. Wow, that’s pretty scary but there is hope. You see there is one prayer that an unrighteous person can say that God will hear and that is the prayer of confession. 1 John 1:9 says, “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” It does not matter how far you have fallen, how many mistakes you have made, or even that you feel unworthy of God’s forgiveness. If you confess your sins, and turn to God with a truly repentant heart, He will forgive you! God desires to have an intimate relationship with you but it cannot and will not happen as long as sin is running rampant in your heart. It can only happen when you are ready to have a clean heart, the point when you are ready to turn away from sin and run towards God.
I think the Psalmist said it best in Psalm 66:18-19 “If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer.” God desires to know you and to hear your prayers, but He has set a standard and given you the ability to choose. Basically, you can choose life or death. Choosing life is being in a right relationship with Him and turning away from sin. When you do that, God will hear you. Or you can choose a relationship with the world where sin abounds in your life and it is a choice that leads to death. Ultimately the choice between life and death is up to you.
Today we challenge you to choose life!
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