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Have you ever prayed a prayer and felt like God just wasn’t listening? Have you ever felt that though you were doing everything you knew to do God seemed to be ignoring you?  If you’ve ever felt these feelings your not alone. In fact I’m convinced that we’ve all experienced times when we’ve felt disconnected from God.

First, let me start by answering the title question: “God do you hear me?” Let me assure those of you who have asked that question yourselves that God most definitely hears your prayers. God not only hears your prayers but every word you speak, including the ones you wish He didn’t hear. Know that God’s presence is not based upon your feelings at that moment in time. At all times, remember, God is only as far away as the mention of His name. "The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them." (Psalms 145:18, 29)

Understanding God:

First of all, God is the wisest of all beings that exist, have existed before, or ever will exist. God is perfect, He is without flaw. He is the beginning and the ending of all things. (See Revelation 1:8, Revelation1:17) It only makes sense that God, the one from which all creation stems, is superior to all His creations. The created can never be greater then the creator (this is something the devil just fails to recognize). To better understand why God doesn’t answer some of our prayers we must first try to grasp God’s nature; perfection.

Due to the fact that none of us here on earth are perfect, it becomes challenging, if not impossible to understand the thought processes and actions of one who is. The only way we can form an accurate portrait of who God truly is and how He works is through that which He reveals about Himself to us. God reveals Himself to us through His written word, prophets, prophetesses, visions, dreams and other supernatural encounters that He allows us to see or take part in.

So what has God revealed about Himself so far? Well firstly, God is sovereign. “Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.” (1 Chronicles 29:11-13) Also See 1 Samuel 2:6-8 & Psalms 50:10-11).

To be sovereign means to be independent, autonomous, self-governing or supreme. In other words God is number one; He is in the top position of authority, has ultimate say in any issue and answers to no one.  Now, because God is in the top position of authority, He has final say over everything. Everything that happens in our universe happens because He has allowed it to happen.  This doesn’t necessarily mean God causes everything to happen (remember there is a devil, and this still is a sinful world), but everything that happens God “allows”, so that it may lead to the fulfillment of His good purpose. The most difficult thing for us to understand therefore is why God allows what He allows when He does. More specifically, what we want to know in this article is “why does God answer some prayers, yet denies others?”  To tackle this complicated question we must continue to seek and understand God’s nature. Therefore let’s look to His word.

Sin:

But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken (listen) unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store. Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.” (Deuteronomy 28:15-19)

In the latter half of Deuteronomy 28 God speaks of the cursings that would fall upon Israel if they then turned away from Him. These curses unfortunately came to pass because of Israel’s foolishness. Though God is specifically referring to Israel there, the lesson applies to us as well. We must understand that God is not going to continually bless us if we consistently live in blatant sin. Does God tolerate sin more then He has to? Absolutely! Does God forgive us when we ask for forgiveness? Of course! Sin however separates us from God. Sin that remains in our lives throws up a spiritual divide between us and our Heavenly Father. If we’re not hearing from God, many times it’s because we have severed our relationship with Him. We must flee from sin so that we may communicate with God.

Throughout many of these articles I have addressed the issue of sin. I do this because it is vital that we turn from sin. Sometimes people complain to me and say something like “oh Tim, we’ve heard it before, we know this!” Well yes, I do understand a lot of people read and hear what I’m saying. There is a difference between hearing and doing however, and I will keep talking about sin until we become doers of the Word instead of hearers only. Does it make sense to move on to bigger and greater things when we are still struggling with what we have been taught repeatedly already? While in school would you advance to grade two math if you couldn’t grasp grade one math?

You will know who is a hearer of the Word and who is a doer of the Word because if they are a doer of the Word you will see positive change in their lives! If we don’t apply the Bible to our lives, if we don’t take the words out of that book and use them to guide our day to day lives, what good is it? Jesus says “believe on me and you shall be saved”. If you just read it, and close your Bible, nothing will happen. If you talk about, it nothing will happen. Until you take action and actually have faith in Him and believe nothing will happen. In the same manner, until we apply the Word of God to our lives, until we take a faith stand and resist the devil, until we stir ourselves up, until we make a conscious decision in our mind and say “I am going to turn from sin in the name of Jesus, I am going to trust in God to help me succeed and I am not going to stop pursuing a life of Holiness until I go home to heaven where I will be perfected!”, we will not achieve the relationship God desires each and every one of us to have with Him. Yes, it is an uphill battle sometimes, but it’s a battle we must fight with strength in Christ; a battle that we must win.

If we knowingly let sin run rampant in our lives refusing to change from our ways, we can’t expect God to bend over backwards to answer all of our prayers. God does not give a quick ear to the wicked however “The effectual fervent prayer(s) of a righteous man (or woman) availeth much.” (James 5:16)

Therefore this week, in fact each day, I encourage all of you to really examine each area of your life. Is there an area that you know needs to change? Is there sin in your life somewhere that has been going on for a long time? Ask these questions to yourself and contrast each area of your life with the Bible, the two should agree. If not, some changes must be made today. You must look to God, and walk away from sin. Next week we will explore this issue further discussing: ungratefulness, God’s way of doing things, and His great love for us! I pray that you are reenergized this week, renewed in faith, restored in strength, and experience His great peace in your life.

May the Lord Bless you abundantly in all things!

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