Saturday, 19 December 2020
Topic: Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!
Author: Pastor Johnson Chong
Translator: Lucy Ling
18 If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;
19 but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.
20 Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!
Dear brothers and sisters, there are many promises of prayer in the Bible, showing how willing God is to listen and answer to the prayers of His children. Matthew 7:7 ” Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”; Psalm 34:4 ” I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” However, the Bible also mentions some reasons why prayers are not heard. If you ignore this aspect, you will feel pain, confusion, and even doubt.
Dear brothers and sisters, first of all, we know that we are not worthy of being answered, but we are fulfilled by asking in the name of the Lord. John 14:13 “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” Dear brothers and sisters, our prayers must be in faith and seek in God’s will. We should pray continuously and eagerly, not be discouraged, but rely on the help of the Holy Spirit.
On the other hand, we should remove the hindrances of prayer, as stated in Psalm 66:18 ” If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” If we cannot abandon sin and refuse to remove worldly’s possessions and things that are unacceptable to God while we are praying, and there are still filthy thoughts in our heart, then all these will hinder our devotional prayer. Because our sins have separated us from God, God’s face has turned away, and it has prevented our prayers from reaching God, so we should carefully examine our actions before turning to the Lord. 1 Peter 3:7 “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” Matthew 6:14-15 “You forgive people’s transgressions, and your heavenly Father will forgive your sins. If you don’t forgive people’s sins, your heavenly Father will not forgive your sins.” Refusing to forgive and reconcile with others is wrong, because we cannot expect God to listen to us while we are not adhering to God’s words.
Dear brothers and sisters, in light of this, we cannot blame God for not listening to our prayers, but should seek transformation in ourselves. If we obey His commands and do what is pleasing to Him, we will receive what we ask. The power of righteous prayer is very effective, because God’s eyes are on the righteous, and His ears listen to their cry.
Dear Abba Heavenly Father, we thank and praise you, because you are a God worthy of all praises. When we are in trouble, You guard and watch us. The Lord who loves us, tell us, “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; ” We ask the Holy Spirit to help us. We should change ourselves, obey Your commands and do all things pleasing to You, live according to Your will. ” Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld His love from me!”
Pray in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
亲爱的弟兄姊妹， 圣经中有很多关于祷告的应许，说明神是何等愿意听祂儿女们的祈祷，应允他们所求的。马太福音7：7 “你们祈求，就给你们。寻找，就寻见。叩门，就给你们开门。”；诗篇34：4 “我曾寻求耶和华，他就应允我，救我脱离了一切的恐惧。”然而圣经中也提到一些祷告不蒙垂听的原因，如果忽略了这方面会使人感到痛苦为难，甚至产生怀疑。
亲爱的弟兄姊妹，首先我们知道我们凭着自己是不配蒙应允的，乃是奉主的名求才蒙成就。约翰福音14：13 “你们奉我的名，无论求什么，我必成就，叫父因儿子得荣耀。” 亲爱的弟兄姊妹，我们的祷告也必须有信心，合乎神的旨意，妄求是得不着的。我们的祈求也要恒切，不要灰心，要靠着圣灵的帮助。
另一方面就是除去祷告的拦阻，就如这节诗篇所说：“我若心里注重罪孽，主必不听。”在任何时候，我们若一方面祷告，一方面却不能离开罪孽，不肯除去神所不喜欢的事，或者心里仍有污秽的思想，那就使祷告受到拦阻。因为你的罪孽使你与神隔绝，使神掩面，使你的祷告不能上达，所以我们当深深考察自己的行为，再归向耶和华。彼得前书3：7 如果有人不敬重自己的妻子，甚至苦待她，就叫祷告受到拦阻。马太福音6：14~15 “你们饶恕人的过犯，你们的天父也必饶恕你们的过犯。你们不饶恕人的过犯，你们的天父也必不饶恕你们的过犯。”不肯饶恕人的过犯，不与人和好也不行，因为我们不能盼望神只听我们的话，而我们不听神的话。