October 30, 2008

Q and A 2.0 Revisited: #3--Prayers and Sin

Does God hear our prayers when there is sin in our lives?

Psalm 66:16-20 “Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. I cried out with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surly listened and heard my voice in prayer. Praise be to God who has not rejected my prayer or withheld this love from me!”

Proverbs 28:9 “If anyone turns a deaf ear to the law, even his prayers are detestable.”

Isaiah 59:2 “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”

Need I say more?

So what doe we do to make sure that our sins don't affect our prayer life, which is the vital connection to remaining in Christ? Keep clean hands and a pure heart before the Lord. Regularly approach God in prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to convict you of the sin that is in your life. As that sin is revealed, don't just ask for forgiveness, but ask that God grant you the gift of repentance...to turn away from that sin.

We are called to live holy lives. Holiness is not perfection, though. Holiness is dealing rightly with your sin through confession and repentance.

I heard someone ask, "but what about the sinner's prayer...doesn't God hear that?" The "sinner's prayer" refers to a prayer that goes something like, "Dear God, I know that I'm a sinner and that my sins separate me from You. I come to You now confessing and repenting of my sin through by belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. I believe that he died on the cross to forgive me of my sins and rose again on the third day. Help me to follow you through this decision. In Jesus' name, Amen."

Of course, there are other versions, but they're all pretty similar. This "sinner's prayer" is not found in the Bible and has sort of evolved over the years as a way to help people express their desire to for salvation through prayer. You don't have to say that prayer to be saved, as some have claimed. The things expressed in the prayer are key, though (recognition of Jesus as God's Son who died for our sins, confession and repentance, etc.).

Of course God hears the "sinner's prayer" because it's a turning to God and away from sin.

Next, we'll be answering what God has to say about tattoo's, piercing, and body modifications. You can read all of the questions and answers from this series here.

1 comment:

h2ostudents said...

I think when you are finished with this, you should put it into a book of some sort to make available to your church. That way others can refer to it and remember your incredibleness. That's what I'd do, but I'm after the fame