Meditation

05/31/2022

Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, not his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:1-2)

Certainly it is true that our sins separate us from God and blocks His answer to prayer. However, it is the honest prayer of repentance that removes any hindrances to answered prayer. Always remember, our attitude of seeking not to commit a sin again, is integral in our prayers, for God looks not at hour prayer, but our hearts and minds, to see if He sees this reversal of attitude in us, and He will always respond to this prater of repentance, beloved.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You have given us one of the best gifts possible, and that is of forgiveness of our sins. You do not simply hand it out for us, first we mus seek You out with penitent hearts and minds not to commit or recommit a sin, before we can ask You to forgive us our sins. Today we continue to pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Before facing the challenges of the day, face the day with God.”

KNOWING GOD:

After the detestable idolatry described in this of chapter of Ezekiel, God said even fervent shouting would not cause God to listen. Showing could not get His attention; idolatry had done that. Sin separates our prayers from God. ” (Ezekiel 8:18)

False worship among God’s people drives Him to extreme means to show His disciplinary wrath. He puts aside pity and turns deaf to pray while He acts in wrath. God said even fervent shouting would not cause Him to listen. Only the cries of penitent people will gain His attention, and then only for Him to look at our hearts and minds to see that we are truly penitent. Then, and only then, will He listen to our prayers.

I AM:

You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4:2-3)

James gave a clear indication why some prayer are not answered. If you don’t understand, reread verses 2-3 again. They sound like little children, “barking at God” because they didn’t get some trivial request, when they neither presented themselves without any respect towards God, nor even formed a prayer presentable to our Father. The object of the request would not glorify God or advance his kingdom in any way; it would e spent on personal pleasure. We try the world’s way of fighting and covetousness rather than God’s way of asking the Father in trust and submission. How does your prayers beloved, further the kingdom of God?

2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (Matthew 6:5-8)

Beloved most of Jesus’ teachings on prayer were in the plural. This is an exception; the command to avoid hypocrisy is in the singular. Jesus’ own example was to pray alone. Prayer is to be thoughtful, mot babbling. This does not prohibit long prayers. Jesus prayed all night. They are not about a minimum or maximum numbers of words, but they must come from our hearts; they are to always be within the will of God, and to further the kingdom of heaven. In short, it is a conversation with Almighty God about our concerns for family, friends, and the world we live in. The prayer should honor God and was He has done in the past, and our trust in what He will do in the future. He loves us and we love Him, so tell Him, and always that our prayers are in His will.

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