Isaiah 59:2 KJV But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
If we are going to keep it real, we must admit that we don’t always connect to God when we pray. In fact, some of those lofty prayers with beautiful poetic phrases never clear the ceiling over our heads. I can remember times of frustration because it seemed that my prayers went unanswered and worse yet, unheard.
My usual way of dealing with this is to begin pointing fingers at everyone but myself. I could always find someone or something else to blame. Yet, one day after a week of rebellious living, I finally decided to connect with God in prayer. I started off with praise and adoration. But I never really sensed His Presence. Things were falling apart in my life and God didn’t seem too concerned. As I was about to give up, God reminded me of the words of a church mother who always said to confess and repent of sin when approaching God. Could it be that it was my fault my prayer life seemed dead?
The truth of the matter is that it is never God’s fault. There has never been a time when God did not have the ability to hear and answer prayer. If we want to deal with the problem, we have to look at ourselves. Yes, believe it or not, we break the connection to God by approaching Him in sin. Sin places a wall between us and God.
Isaiah reminded God’s rebellious people that the God who created all is still able. However, there’s a big difference between being able and willing. While God is able, He will not grant all of our desires when we come before Him with unconfessed sin.
Stop the blame game and acknowledge that while God brings blessings to the relationship, you and I approach Him with lies, backbiting, selfishness, pride and other sinful ways. Confess and repent of your sins daily and watch God begin to move in your prayer life again.
Scriptures to read: Isaiah 59, Psalms 51, Galatians 5:4, 2 Chronicles 7:11-21