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Prayer and Sinning

But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.
– Isaiah 59:2 (NASB)

I have learned over the years as a disciple of Jesus that what often keeps myself and others from praying is sin.  When we have sin in our lives that we have not repented of, this puts up a barrier between us and God.  Isaiah 59:2 is clear: God cannot hear our cries because of our sins.  The Spirit of God comes to us and He convicts us and this brings refreshing from the Lord (Acts 3:19-20) which in turn opens the heavens for us to pray.

Sin robs us of so much.  Sin robs us of joy.  Sin robs us of victory.  Sin lies to us and promises us that it will feel good and make us happy but in the end, sin leaves us lonely and desperate for release from its bondage within.  Sin makes us moody.  Sin destroys families and ruins entire lives (even nations).  Sin kills.  I promise you that the wages of sin is always death (Romans 6:23).  Whatever sin you love, it will kill you.

The promise of the gospel is that we can be free.  Jesus promises freedom from sin (John 8:31-38).  Paul the Apostle wrote in Galatians 5:1 that Christ set us free for freedom.  Christ didn’t die for our sins so that we could remain in our sins.  Christ died to set us free from sin.  The power of sin is broken over our lives.  It doesn’t matter to me what sin you struggle with, the power of God can give you victory over that sin.  I know.  I am a living testimony of the power of God to set me free from sin.  Whether it be carnal sins of the flesh or sins of the mind, God can set you free.  His Word has the power to release you.  The grace of God has been given to you for victory (Titus 2:11-12).  I pray that you don’t make the mistake of false teachers and preach that we can be saved but still abiding in sin (Jude 4).  The promise of God is that He can set you free and you can be holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).

When it comes to prayer, sin often keeps people from seeking God.  It is sad to say that I have watched people who use to pray and then they began to live in sin.  The first thing they did was abandon prayer.  The prayer meeting was where they use to meet with God.  They use to long to be in their prayer closets seeking the Lord (Matthew 6:6) but as they began to indulge their flesh, the turned away from the discipline of prayer.  Some of these folks still read their Bibles from time to time and many of them went to church fellowships but they abandoned prayer and this led to Isaiah 59:2 coming to pass.  A few of them (and just a few) later repented and returned to their first love (Revelation 2:4) but most of them eventually turned away from Christ altogether.  A few of them later embraced the dead Christianity found in the seeker churches but today are shells of the people they use to be.  Why?  Because they loved their sins.  The didn’t love the gospel.  They didn’t love the cross and looked to Jesus alone for the power to overcome sin and live for God.

I urge you to examine your prayer life (2 Corinthians 13:5).  I suspect that if you are not praying, you are straying.  You who struggle with sin, do you pray?  You who love your sins, I suspect you have abandoned your life of prayer.  We all fall short of the glory of God in many ways (Romans 3:23) and I am not preaching sinless perfection here but I do believe our prayer lives should be full of fire, close to the heart of God and resisting the devil (James 4:7-8).  God wants to deliver us from sin (Hebrews 10:14).  God wants us to close to Him.  You know that Jesus shed His blood for the forgiveness of our sins (Matthew 26:28) and you know that God hates sin that much, that He would leave the glory of heaven to embrace the cross for us, how can you live in sin anymore (Romans 6:1-4)?  God is able to deliver us from sin and He is able to help us love the gospel and follow Christ completely abandoned to Him alone.

I urge you to repent.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

06/25/2013 at 9:36 AM

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  1. Well said. There are some who consider that sin hinders prayer; there are fewer who consider that lack of prayer accommodates sin.

    jeff

    06/25/2013 at 12:06 PM


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