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Zechariah 7:6-13; Ezekiel 8:18; Micah 3:4

Did you know that sometimes God refuses to listen to our prayers? That's hard to hear, but it's true. Bottom line is if we expect God to listen to and answer our prayers, we need to treat God like God--giving Him the honor, respect and praise He's due. The Israelites had a track record of turning away from God. Of course, they were still calling Him their God, but their hearts and their actions didn't line up. The result? God refuses to answer their prayers.

So what did these passages show you about God? What about our treatment of God? What did you learn about approaching God in prayer? Tami W.

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Good devotion this morning! Check this verse out:

You were sorry and humbled yourself before God when you heard what I said against this city and its people. You humbled yourself and tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. So I have indeed heard you, says the LORD. 2 Chronicles 34:27

I know that I have had to come to a state of dispair before I could listen to the Lord. I think that when our lives become so blessed and prosperous because of God that we "forget" about Him, and then our relationship with him begins to be more and more insignificant. And I certainly don't believe that we mean that intentionally, but I believe that we naturally want to be in control of everything. So, as our riches increase, our dependence on God for everything decreases.

Sometimes, God will shake us up to get our attention. I went through that, and it is a constant reminder of where I do not want to revisit. The Lord had extreme mercy on me, and I am more prosperous than ever! Not in money; but in my family, friends, church, God, job, and everything else that this far more important than money.

I think that sometimes that God will allow us to reach a state of dispair before we will listen to Him and He will listen us. Now, the thing is to always listen to Him BEFORE we reach a state of dispair. That's the way our God wants it!

I think there's a difference between not listening and refusing to answer. I guess I think God always listens...God knows our thoughts at all times; but, God may choose not to answer when we are being disrespectful, not "treating God like God" as you said. I've known parents and teachers who take this approach when someone is rudely demanding something of them. If the person realizes this is not getting the desired result, often they will change their tune and ask politely or start an earnest dialog about what they are asking. It's an interesting thing to balance; talking to God as your closest friend who loves you unconditionally while also remembering that this is God you're talking to and reverence and awe are definitely in order!

Our prayers always comes down to, is it in God's will or our will. Are we asking in our flesh or are we asking for prayers in the Spirit. God only answers prayers if they are in His will according to His Spirit. Jesus said I only do what the Father asks me to do. Praise God for His mercy and grace, for His loving kindness, for He will never, never, never forsake us, He will never, never, never leave us! When we are His child, He will move every mountain for us according to His will, He loves us with an everlasting love. At the right time, In His Grip.

God definitely works when we let go of our own will and give in to his, it happens time and time again in my own life and over and over in scripture.

2 Corinthians 12:9 - But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you. For my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore i will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

Sounds strange doesn't it? To boast about or faults or weaknesses? But its true, God has given them to us for a reason, so Christ can work his power through us and around us! Christ has a plan for us, most of the time its difficult for us to see. I don't believe we can change God's mind through prayer. But i believe that with faith God will reveal a part of his plan to us in a moment of despair.

God is just. As scripture says, "God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap." When we come to God in prayer, we must come with an honest heart. I'm thankful that God is merciful. None of us should be able to come to Him at all. He has given us a way in Jesus but we still need to be obedient to Him. If we don't do the little things His way, why should He continue to speak to us and give us greater things to do. In some ways, we all would like to do great things for God, yet we continue to fail Him in the small everyday things. My prayer, "Lord help me to be obedient in all things You ask of me."

One common thread in these scriptures is that our relationship with people will reflect our relationship with God. If we're in tune with Him, we'll be treating others as we should, not in conflict with His will, as those spoken of in these verses were doing.

These scriptures show that God wants to be first in our lifes. If we want to live in sin and practice sin then God won't listen to our prayers.

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This page contains a single entry by Tami W published on July 3, 2012 4:35 AM.

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