FDD12 Prayer Without Repentance


This entry is part 2 of 27 in the series Fifty Days of Desperation

Prayer without repentance will get you nowhere.

The Lord is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.” (Proverbs 15:29, NASB95)

God is under no personal compulsion to heed the prayers of the unrepentant.  A wicked man will find that God is far from him.  But what exactly does it mean that the Lord is far from them?  The opposing truth reveals the other.  God does not listen to the prayers of sinners.

What hope is there then?  The Lord always hears the prayer of the repentant.  We have the thief on the cross.  We also have the tax collector who wouldn’t even lift his eyes but only cried out Lord have mercy on me.  That one, Jesus tells us, went home justified.

We have the perfect example of this in Essau.  He sold his birthright for a bowl of soup.  And afterward when he wanted the blessing, he was rejected because he only wanted the blessing without repentance (Hebrews 12:17).

As we pray for renewal, as we pray for what is next, we must take the time to pray repentance first.

Today let the prayer of Psalm 139 fill your heart and pour from your mouth as you cry out to God:

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.” (Psalm 139:23–24, NASB95)

 

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