God Answers The Prayers Of Those Who Please Him

August 7, 2013

Friends,
The Lord does answer the prayers of those who are in covenant with Him, who obey the demands of His covenant, who do what pleases Him, and who are not harboring any sin. (Ps. 25:10 & 34:17 & 66:18 // 1 John 3:22) However, one sin which many “Christians” pay little attention to in their lives is that of neglecting God’s Word. That is a grievous sin before God’s eyes, for He repeatedly calls out to everyone to meditate on His Word and put it into practice so that we might become sanctified (cleansed / consecrated / purified). (Josh. 1:8 // John 6:32-63 & 8:31 & 15:7 & 17:17 // Luke 6:46-49 // Col. 3:16 // 2 Tim. 3:16 // etc.) As 1 Peter 1:22 tells us, we purify ourselves “by obeying the Truth.”

Why is it that many “Christians” think they can get their prayers answered when they are neglecting the Word of God? How is God supposed to instruct them in the way they should take, the decision they should make, the choice that is the path of wisdom and peace? How is He supposed to fill them with His mind and attitude (1 Cor. 2:16 // Phil. 2:5) if they are not nourishing themselves and enlightening themselves with Him, the divine Word, which He has made available to them? How can His Spirit speak to them when their minds and hearts are instead so full of desires, thoughts, and concerns of the world?

God says He will instruct, counsel, protect, and guide His people in the way they should go (Ps. 32:8), but how can He do so if they are not listening? Jesus says that His sheep listen to His voice, follow Him, and walk in intimate fellowship with Him as He guides them into all Truth and along the path of eternal life. (John 10:27,28 & 16:13 // 1 John 2:27) Is this really the reality for most people who claim to belong to Christ? Hardly. And yet they wonder why they get messed up in such messes, why their purses are full of holes, why their heartaches are great, and why they have no power to overcome sin.

Do we need God’s divine power to live victoriously in this fallen world? Of course. Then we need to be eating His divine Word so that we may believe what He says, not just in lip service, but believe in true, mighty faith –the kind that produces mighty works (John 14:12 // 1 John 5:4)– and also so that we may truly participate in His divine holy nature (2 Peter 1:3,4), not just say we do.

Jesus says in John 15:7, “If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” The prerequisite for getting our prayers answered is that we dwell in Christ and His words, and that He and His words dwell in us. This will not be the case with anyone who is harboring sin, for sin is idolatry, adultery, and rebellion against God and His Word and He has no obligation whatsoever to such a person. (Ps. 50:16,17 // Pr. 28:9)

But, for the person who does abide in Christ and His words, that person will be instructed in the mind of Christ. (1 Cor. 2:16) He will discern and come to understand the thoughts of God and what God has freely given us in Christ. (v. 10-14) He will walk in Christ’s authority / name / will (John 14:12-14) just as Christ walked in the Father’s authority / name / will. (5:30) When we walk this way –as Jesus did, and how we are indeed commanded to walk (1 John 2:6)– then we can approach God with all our requests and have full assurance that He will grant us whatever it is we are asking of Him. (1 John 5:14,15)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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