My Prayers – Does the Lord Always Hear?

Does God always hear my prayers?

My prayers – Does God hear always hear me?  I like to think so, but according to this verse, this is one time God does not hear my prayers.

Psalms 66:18  If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

When it comes to my prayers, God considers it pretty important that I keep sin confessed in my life.  Otherwise the Lord does not hear my prayers. (aff. link – by the way this is a free ebook and worth reading)  When I do confess He forgives and I am blessed!

Psa 32:1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

Psa 32:2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

Psa 32:5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

My prayers are unanswered if I have sin in my heart.

8 things Psalm 32 teaches me about my prayers and confessed sin:

  1. Confession is a sign of godliness; it brings me to the place where we can find God and oh how I need Him daily!   Psa 32:6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
  2. God will be my hiding place Psa 32:7 Thou art my hiding place;
  3. He keeps me from trouble  Psa 32:7 …thou shalt preserve me from trouble;
  4. He surrounds me with songs of deliverance.  Psa 32:7 …thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
  5. He instructs me. Psa 32:8 I will instruct thee
  6. He will teach me His ways.   Psa 32:8 I will …teach thee in the way which thou shalt go:
  7. He guides me.    Psa 32:8 …I will guide thee with mine eye.
  8. He surrounds me with His mercy.  Psa 32:10 … mercy shall compass him about.

When David did not confess his sin he said

  1. My bones waxed old – I think he felt very ill and weak  Psa 32:3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
  2. Day and night God’s hand is heavy upon me – that is a miserable feeling.   Psa 32:4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: …
  3. I wept till there were no more tears  Psa 32:4 …my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

My prayers are answered when my sins are forgiven. Psalms 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

 

I am so thankful that I can come to the Lord anytime as His child and have the assurance that He will forgive when I confess.  Then what a burden is lifted and how blessed I am!

Psa 32:5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.  Have you ever really thought how awesome it is that GOD CAN FORGIVE SINS!  Selah means to meditate on this.    Sometimes I am so amazed that God forgives my sins and oh what joy He restores to my soul!

Psa 32:11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

Psalms 103:12  As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Do You know this most wonderful, gracious, and merciful God?  He has sent His Son to be the Savior of the World.  You can have abundant life in Him!

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Ellen

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