Thursday, May 29, 2008
Prayer is the method we use to communicate with God. It is one of the, if not the most important discipline for growing our relationship with God the Christ. I have made it my goal to know God the true and living God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, not the God created by man, but the God who is Creator. So much of what we believe is based on what we have been taught versus what we have dug into the scriptures and ask God to reveal to us. I started this prayer discussion to help me to dig digger and hopefully to find answers to some of my own questions. Some of my blog friends have graciously joined me and have led me to explore further some aspects of prayer. We all came into this study believing God hears every prayer of the believer and only hears the prayers of the sinner when it is a prayer of repentance. I am not sure I believe this to be true any longer. For real, God hates sin, and we believe He will not answer our prayers if we have un-confessed sins. I’m not sure He even hears our prayers when we are in sin, note Job’s friends He didn’t even want them to come to Him in prayer. God destroyed nations because of their sin, so why do we not want to believe He does not hear our prayers when we are not right. Remembering I’m not focusing on answering but on hearing. I know you as I have always believe God hears and knows everything because He is God. I am saying He may chose not to hear/listen to our prayers when we believers are not in right standing with Him. I took a risk in asking others to explore prayer with me. I am going to take a second risk and ask you to think about what I have said and go a step further and explore the following scriptures and give your insight, and understanding. I hope you find this challenging and worth your time and participation. I truly enjoy discussing this subject with you and I hope you challenge me to go even further as we pursue God. Please pray God will grant you understanding of the scriptures. I pray you will be challenged to explore and grow.
1) Job 42:8
So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has." NIV
So here's what you must do. Take seven bulls and seven rams, and go to my friend Job. Sacrifice a burnt offering on your own behalf. My friend Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer. He will ask me not to treat you as you deserve for talking nonsense about me, and for not being honest with me, as he has." Message
God is talking to Job’s friends here, believers for they had not spoken the right thing about God. God says He will not accept their prayers when they pray for forgiveness but He will accept the prayer of the righteous Job.
2) Isaiah 1:15
When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.
God is talking to the Israelites, believers who have sinned against Him.
"'When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,' says the Lord Almighty.
3) Lamentations 3:44 (King James Version)
Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not
4) Lamentations 3:8
Even when I cry and shout, He shuts out my prayer.
8): "When I cry and shout, as one in earnest, as one that would make him hear, yet he shuts out my prayer and will not suffer it to have access to him.’’ God’s ear is wont to be open to the prayers of his people, and his door of mercy to those that knock at it; but now both are shut, even to one that cries and shouts. Thus sometimes God seems to be angry even against the prayers of his people (Ps. 80:4), and their case is deplorable indeed when they are denied not only the benefit of an answer, but the comfort of acceptance. (Commentary)
5) Habakkuk 1:2
How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, "Violence!" but you do not save?
About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"--which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Did God hear Jesus- at this time Jesus was on the cross and cover in sin. God had turned His back on sin. Would He have open His heart to hear His cry?