12 October 2015

Going Further With Prayer

Does God have selective hearing?

Some would argue He does.

A parent desires their child to listen and follow their teachings.

God calls us to a mutual relationship of listening and, of obedience.

God desires to hear you:

I love the Lord, for He heard my voice;

   He heard my cry for mercy.

Because He turned His ear to me,
   I will call on Him as long as I live.

- Psalm 116: 1-2

If you ignore His instructions, He may not be listening much to your prayers:

If anyone turns a deaf ear to My instruction,

   even their prayers are detestable.

- Proverbs 28: 9

How soon does God attend to our prayers?

He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision.

- Daniel 9: 22-23

What heart does God respond to?

Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.

- Daniel 10: 12

The prophetic fulfillment of being brought near after sin's separation is read in Isaiah 59.

This is what has come of those the Lord has called, has chosen, whom He listens to; for this is what He has done:

“As for me, this is My covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and My words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.

- Isaiah 59: 21

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