December 28th, 2017 — DEVOTE

So, if you haven’t heard me say this before, let me tell you again… I believe, to a certain degree, you can determine your spiritual well being by your prayer life. If you are a person of prayer, praying without ceasing as it were, your spiritual health will be on top. If you’re the person who only prays once ever so often and only when you’re in dire need, your spiritual life may on the downside. If you’re the person who never prays, you might want to check your spiritual pulse to see if you’re still alive.

Now please understand, this is not a judgment on my part concerning whether you’re a Christian or are saved. This is mainly an observation from my own life, that I’m very willing to share with you.

When I’m most spiritually depleted and things are going all the wrong ways in my life, it’s dawned on me that my prayer life was pretty non-existent. I had stopped any communication with my God because I was too busy trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life… or how I was going to undone what I had done… or was trying to rationally and strategically decide what path I was going to take next. All the while, I had stopped talking to the One who had all the answers.

But I was reminded of another truth found in the Word today. There were times I was praying, and are still times when I am praying, but I didn’t and don’t get an answer. It’s like the doors of heaven have been shut and my voice is muted. Something is not right and I know it and can feel it. It’s as if God has turned a deaf ear to me. Ever feel that way? I know that may seem harsh to say about God, but understand, He is a God of His Word and He can’t go against what He Himself said in the Word. For example…
“The LORD hasn’t lost His powerful strength; He can still hear and answer prayers. Your sins are the roadblock between you and God. That’s why He doesn’t answer your prayers or let you see His face.” Isaiah 59:1-2 CEV

You might not have wanted to hear that, but the truth will set you free. If you’re ever wondering why when you pray nothing’s happening… nothing’s changing… nothing’s turning… nothing’s getting healed… nothing’s getting paid for… nothing’s heading in the right direction… instead of blaming God for not taking care of you, you might want to look within your own heart to find the answer. There’s a roadblock that’s stopping your prayers from being heard by God, and He’s not the One who put it up!

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: The Word says, “A broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise!” (Psalm 51:17). Check your heart first. Turn back to God. Then pray. Pray like everything counts on you but you can do nothing about it!

Hear the cries of our hearts. Help us take down the roadblocks we’ve put up so You can hear our prayers. In Jesus name we ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen