TUESDAY 3RD MARCH, 2020
THEME: Sin Hinders Prayer
PASSAGE: Psalm 14:1-7, Psalm 66:16-19
HYMN: MHB 326- SINNER, obey the gospel word:
MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 66:18 “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.”
Our sure way of communicating with God is prayer. We are opportuned in prayer to pour out our minds and hearts like Hannah (1 Sam. 1:15). God also gives assurance that when we call upon Him, He is always ready to hear and answer us (Mt 7:7).
The author of Psalm 66 was full of praises to God because of the experience of the awesome works of God in his life. He even went to the extent of inviting people to come and see God’s work in his life and going to the house of God to fulfil his vows. Psalm 14(53) paints the world as being Godless and everyone is a sinner. Of course, that is true (Rom. 3:23).
However, verses 18 and 19 of Psalm 66 make it clear to us that what made God to listen to the Psalmist was because the psalmist did not give place to sin in his heart. He was sure of the fact that, when someone harbours sin in his /her heart, such a person should not expect answers to prayers.
We should note that the passage did not say we would do without making mistakes, but that we should always confess to God when we do so. If anyone covers his sins, he will not prosper. Jesus warns that when we come into the place of prayer to offer our offering, and we remember anyone having anything against us, we should first go and settle with such a person. (Read Psalms 1, 15 and 24:3-6 about who will make heaven and whose prayer can be answered.)
Our God is ever ready to hear our prayers provided we do not allow sin to reign in our lives, nor rule our hearts. He told Jeremiah to tell the Israelites that as long as they sought Him with their whole heart, He would always be found. Beloved, it is important to always make our hearts right with God in the place of prayer and everywhere so that we don’t ask amiss.
PRAYER: Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit, that my prayers may be acceptable to You, my God and King. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen
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