Messed-up prayer

“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my prayer.”  Psalm 66:18-19.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; 1 Samuel 1-2, Psalm 66, and 2 Corinthians 7.

Hard for me to resist these two verses annually.

My relationship to God is important for many reasons.  I must not let interferences with that relationship gain any foothold in my life.

It is crucial that I have a talking relationship with God.  I want to converse with Him anytime and anywhere.

Today’s verse gets into a potential hindrance to prayer: active sin going on in my life.  I say “active” because it is sin that I know is sin.  Sin that I can do something about……..but haven’t.

I have had occasions in which I start praying and something has come to mind that needs to be dealt with.  There is Scripture in Corinthians in which people are told to leave the celebration of communion if there is some sin that needs to be taken care of.  Regular prayer erects this hurdle for the true believer: You must deal with this active sin in your life or your prayer life will be hindered.

In 1 Peter, husbands are informed that if they are not treating their wives in a Godly way that their prayers will be hindered.

“Lord, open me to see what I need to deal with.  Things that clog my relationship to You.  I want those obstacles removed so that You and I are as close as possible.  I want to walk and talk easily with You.  Reveal to me instantly any fits of godlessness, so that I can repent, correct, and be restored to You.  I love You, Lord.”

We cannot impair our connection to our spiritual support system.

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