Daily Devotions

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Psalms 66:18

Unclogging Prayer

Perhaps you have experienced times when you have prayed and do not believe that you have received an answer. There can be several reasons for this, but we will explore just one: perhaps God just never heard you. The psalmist notes in today's verse that the Lord will not hear him if he is ignoring or hiding sin in his heart. There is something about sin that not only kills (James 1:15), but cuts off communication with God.

Isaiah adds, "Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear." (Isaiah 59:1-2) Do you grasp how negative is the effect of sin? Do you do all that you can to avoid it? "Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin." (Hebrews 12:4)

Even though sin can prevent prayers from being heard by God, there is a prayer that can still be heard by God during such times: the prayer of repentance. To repent means to change your mind and when you confess your sins to God and confess how you have changed your mind, He hears you and forgives you. This is His word and He is faithful to keep it: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

Will you choose to live in close relation with God or choose to cut yourself off from Him? It is a choice that you can make. Nay, it is a choice that you truly do make every day, even moment by moment. Invite the LORD to search you (Psalms 139:23-24) and then respond for new life. (VAL)

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