When Our Prayers are Heard

The Lord is far from the wicked,
    but he hears the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 15:29

Any other Proverbs fans here?

The Proverb above is a simply reminder that God hears the righteous.

Who are the righteous?

We are the righteous. We as Christ followers and people who have accepted His sacrifice for our sin, those of us who purpose to live a holy life are righteous.

Last #write31 days, I wrote a post that I believe helps to further explain this dynamic HERE

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Who are the wicked?

The wicked are people who are living life apart from God. I know we often think of wicked as evil, but in this context they are sinners. We’ve talked about having a repentant heart and the importance of that and the same is true here, perfect behavior doesn’t make you righteous, but a faithful heart, and actions modeled after that faith does.

The Lord is far from the wicked,
    but he hears the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 15:29

The word “far” is not referring to distance, it is referring to spiritual favor. If you are not actively seeking God’s will for your life, one can argue that you are apart from God. The Lord is Omnipresent, which means that he is everywhere, so it really is a matter of a hardened heart can block out His goodness.

The good news is though, if we are lost or going down the wrong path, God cares so intimately about each of us that He seek us out and bring us back. Note the parable of the lost sheep:

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders  and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:3-7

For those of us (probably most of us) there is at least one person that is lost that we prayer for consistently. Think about how you feel when you are praying for that person, that is the same feeling God has, the same compassion for the person who is lost. It is amazing to think that when you are pray for that person you are praying not from your own will, but from God’s will. To have your eyes opened and your heart enlightened by eternal perspective changes your reality.

The power of our prayers does not come from the words we pray, but the God we serve.

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“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” – Max Lucado

I challenge you today to focus on praying for the people in your life that are lost, the ones that are far from God. Pray for their heart to soften to accept, believe and receive the truth of Jesus. Also, be confident in knowing that God is all around, to remember and remind others that we are never alone is one small step to passing knowledge and understanding to others.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “When Our Prayers are Heard

  1. Hey Stephanie, you have another great post. Just this past Thursday at my men’s bible study the theme was righteousness and how we attain it when we choose Christ and follow Him.

    If I may offer a word, I think you may have meant another word in your title.

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