HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

May 15, 2017

1 John 5:15 (NLT) — 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

Remember we know that He hears us when we ask for things that please Him or in other words that are according to His will. Because He is God and he has made us and the world we live in He knows exactly what is best for us. That is His will.

When Jeremy was growing up at times he would always ask to eat cookies, cake and ice cream instead of what we put on his plate. Well because we knew what was best for him we didn’t listen to that request. I believe that God does that at times when we ask for something that is not his will. In a sense he says I’m not listening to that request.

I remember telling God that I wanted to marry this girl that I was dating in college. After all the scriptures say that “he who finds a wife finds a good thing.”(Prov. 18:22). Well that marriage never took place. Looking back I am glad because she wouldn’t have been a good fit for me. I am glad God was not listening to that request. Cleo fits me perfectly.

Now if it seems like no one is on the other end of the line when you are praying you may want to investigate and find out why.

Psalm 66:18 (NLT) — 18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

If I am practicing some sort of sin in my life God won’t listen to my prayers. Why? Is it because He is mad at me? No, it is because I have put myself in harms way by opening  a door in my life for the enemy to come in and hurt me. God fails to answer my prayers not to punish me but to protect me by my coming to my senses and confessing that sin and receiving His forgiveness and getting back under His protection.

1 Peter 3:7 (NLT) — 7 In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.

If I am not honoring and loving Cleo God isn’t listening to my prayers as an incentive for me to get back to treating Cleo the way I ought to.

Matthew 5:23–24 (NLT) — 23 “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, 24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.

God is isn’t listening if I haven’t made the proper attempts to restore a broken relationship. Another incentive for doing his will in this matter.

John 15:7 (NLT) — 7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!

Do I have time for Jesus? Time meditating on His word? Time spent praying and listening to Him? Time to worship? If not guess what? He isn’t listening. Why? Because He is offended? No, He loves me so much that He wants fellowship and intimacy with me.

So if your prayers don’t seem to be leaving the house investigate: are you harboring some sin, are you honoring your spouse, is their a relationship that needs mending, are you neglecting time with Jesus? These are some things will take the altitude out of your prayers  and keep God from really listening.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. We all know what it’s like when another person is not really listening to us (small sigh), but when it’s our Father, Maker of heaven and earth, our Creator, our Counselor, our everything?…(bigger than big sigh) Those are four very important reasons to be aware of. Thank you.