What Hinders

When we pray, God listens.

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But He, our loving Father might not take action. He might even turn away from us. While He hears us, and is able to respond to us, he will not take any action on our request or plea for varied reasons:

WE HAVE A SIN. WE MUST CONFESS AND REPENT AND ASK FORGIVENESS FIRST – for the Lord to take action or even consider our plea.

  • John 9:31 New Living Translation
    We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will.
  • Isaiah 1:15 New Living Translation
    When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look. Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims.
  • Isaiah 59:2 New Living Translation
    It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.

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HE LISTENS TO THOSE WHO FEAR HIM. The ones who avoid and hate evil. The ones with real understanding. The wise! The disciplined!

  • Proverbs 1:7 New Living Translation
    Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
  • Proverbs 6:12 New American Standard Bible
    A worthless person, a wicked man, Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth,
  • Proverbs 8:13 New Living Translation
    All who fear the LORD will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech.
  • Proverbs 10:32 New Living Translation
    The lips of the godly speak helpful words, but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words.
  • Proverbs 16:6 New Living Translation
    Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin. By fearing the LORD, people avoid evil.
  • Psalm 145:19 New Living Translation
    He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them.
per·verse
pərˈvərs/
adjective
  1. (of a person or their actions) showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable, often in spite of the consequences.
  • Job 28:28 New Living Translation
    And this is what he says to all humanity: ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’
  • Deuteronomy 18:10 New International Version
    Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.
de·test·a·ble
dəˈtestəb(ə)l/
adjective
 deserving intense dislike.

Do not bring any detestable objects into your home, for then you will be destroyed, just like them. You must utterly detest such things, for they are set apart for destruction.

  • 1 Samuel 2:3 English Standard Version
    Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

1 Samuel 15:23

  • New International Version
    For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.”

    New Living Translation
    Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.”

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HE LISTENS TO HIS PEOPLE – THE ONES WHO LISTENS TO HIS VOICE.His listeners and followers are His obedient ones. The Righteous. The Godly. Disobedience is SIN. Disobedience is Unrighteousness.

  • Proverbs 15:29 New Living Translation
    The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous.
  • Psalm 4:3 New Living Translation
    You can be sure of this: The LORD set apart the godly for himself. The LORD will answer when I call to him.
  • Ephesians 5:6 New Living Translation
    Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him.
  • 1 John 3:4 International Standard Version
    Everyone who keeps living in sin also practices disobedience. In fact, sin is disobedience.
  • 1 John 5:17 New Living Translation
    All wicked actions are sin, but not every sin leads to death.
  • Romans 1:8 New Living Translation
    But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.
  • Colossians 3:5-6 New Living Translation
    So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.
  • Psalm 34:17 New Living Translation
    The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.
  • Psalm 100:3 New Living Translation
    Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

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HE LISTENS TO THOSE WHO DELIGHT IN HIM. He is pleased in the good we do to others rather than the offerings or sacrifices we bring. He calls the sinners to repentance – that He may listen to their prayers and take action – give them what they ask for. Our God is a generous God. We can never outgive Him. Who is like Him in all the earth? He created the heavens and the earth. 

  • 1 Samuel 15:22 New Living Translation
    But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.
  • Hosea 6:6 New Living Translation
    I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.
  • Matthew 9:13 New Living Translation
    Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
  • Matthew 12:7 New Living Translation
    But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’
  • Mark 12:32-33 New Living Translation
    The teacher of religious law replied, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth by saying that there is only one God and no other. And I know it is important to love him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbor as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law.”
  • Proverbs 21:3 New Living Translation
    The LORD is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.
  • Proverbs 15:8 New Living Translation
    The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but he delights in the prayers of the upright.
  • Psalm 37:4 New Living Translation
    Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
de·light
dəˈlīt/
verb 
please (someone) greatly.
  1. “an experience guaranteed to delight both young and old”
    synonyms: please greatly, charm, enchant, captivate, entrance, thrill

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HE HAS HIS EYES AND EARS ON THE OPPRESSED, THE POOR, AND THE NEEDY. The Lord watches over them. He is their defender and protector.

  • Psalm 69:33 New Living Translation
    For the LORD hears the cries of the needy; he does not despise his imprisoned people.
  • Job 36:5 New Living Translation
    “God is mighty, but he does not despise anyone! He is mighty in both power and understanding.
  • Psalm 22:24 New Living Translation
    For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. He has not turned his back on them, but has listened to their cries for help.
  • Psalm 102:17 New Living Translation
    He will listen to the prayers of the destitute. He will not reject their pleas.
des·ti·tute
ˈdestəˌt(y)o͞ot/
adjective
 without the basic necessities of life.
  1. “the charity cares for destitute children”
    synonyms: penniless, poor, impoverished, poverty-stricken, impecunious, without a cent/penny (to one’s name

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IF YOU CRY, WOULD HE LISTEN? Plea then! You can never tell when you will be in a situation when all you can do is cry and ask the Lord for His mercy and help. This is a point of helplessness – but we must understand the power of God to whom we cry. He is All-powerful and more than able to give us what we ask, or even think of!

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May the Lord be pleased in us, and our prayers...

  • Psalm 141:2 New Living Translation
    Accept my prayer as incense offered to you, and my upraised hands as an evening offering.
  • 1 John 5:14 New Living Translation
    And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.
  • 1 Peter 2:19-20 New Living Translation
    For God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right and patiently endure unfair treatment. Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.

God cannot be hindered. It is us who builds the wall that separates us from Him. We are the ones who fails to listen, and hear His loud voice. We are the ones who is blinded and cannot see His great mercy and love. Reconcile with God. Repent. Confess! So we may experience His abundant blessing and unfailing love in ways we cannot expect nor even think of!

by Mar Marilag 7-February-2017

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