Proverbs 28:9 “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.”
Many of the promises of God are conditional. If we do this, He will do that. But when it comes to prayer, I want to know that He hears me when I talk to God. When we read that our prayer is an abomination to God when through disobedience, it grabs my attention.
We are often quick to justify why we did what we did or feel the way we do about the bad decisions we’ve made, but none really hold merit. In the end, they are only excuses for not doing what we know is right.
We get offended, used, and abused by people. It is a fact of life. We cannot shelter or shield ourselves from it. But we can prepare for how to respond when it happens.
Luke 17:1 “Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!”
Our choice, according to scripture, must be to take the high road. We must do that which pleases our Heavenly Father first and foremost. Far too often, we allow our hurts, offenses, prejudices, preferences, and opinions overrule godly principles.
If there was a specific recipe for us to experience gains in any area of our life, it would have our attention, would it not?
God has already given us the recipe and established the conditions we can follow based on His Word. Sounds like a slam dunk, doesn’t it?
Yet we falter at some of the simplest things when it comes to prayer. Consistency in prayer happens on purpose. We must make and take the time to pray. We may cast up a few simple prayers in God’s way throughout the day. But do we have a dedicated time that we set to solely focus on our conversation with God?
So, we must pay attention to the details.
Before we get answers to prayer, we must first have a clean heart.
Second, we must know that what we ask is within His will.
Thirdly, knowing we have scripture to back our request solidifies our plea.
Lastly, not setting our hearts on a positive answer eliminates dashed expectations. What we may be asking may seem unhindered to us, but God may choose to answer in a totally different manner than we can see or expect.
Relinquishing the outcome to His will, His way, allows us to rejoice no matter what the answer may be.
If the outcome was fame or fortune, we would follow the recipe to the letter. Let us apply the same principle to the One who gave us His promise.
So, let us remove the obstacles that may hinder our prayers, then tell the world of the glory, honor, and praise due to the One who answered!