He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination. (Prov 28:9 [KJV])
May be our prayers are not answered because of we have clang to our waywardness. Because of stubbornness we do not receive God’s mercy. Come to think of it what use is for one to keep praying and asking God for His favor yet not in line with His will. Inwardly, we could be committed to do that which is against His will we have no intention of obeying God yet we need His blessings we need his favor.
Our prayers when in that state of rebellion is a highest demonstration of hypocrisy in us. We only pretend to be His followers because our needs may be met through the pretext that He is merciful and loving God. Often we assume God cannot read our minds and our intentions forgetting that He sees through us. After all he created us he knows the intentions of our hearts. We cannot hide what is inside us, in fact that is what acts upon not the lip service we proclaim often in our walk. “And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.” (Luke 16:15 [KJV]) A child that is totally defiant, disobedient to the parents is likely to be neglected. His requests will not be readily received, will not be given the expected attention.
The text above is also telling us something more: God’s will for us is embedded in his Law. Keeping the law of God is a way of activating His will and His blessings on us. As we keep the law we are guided to a life that is in harmony with God’s desired destiny for us thus scooping the intended blessings along our way automatically because they were already laid on that path. “He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” (Ps. 24:4 [KJV])
He says “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb 4:16 [KJV]) coming boldly or confidently before God is different from coming shamelessly; remember the key factor here is ‘intent of the heart’.
When going to God without surrender, without fear of the Lord, without repentant heart, or on the other hand, going to God in our stubbornness and our selfishness and greed well not evoke the desired response from God. We may be coming to God shamelessly carelessly with concealed intentions but deep down we have no intention of obeying God and have not made any deliberate efforts to truly seek Him. When surrendered to His will, we shall be bold in approaching Him and our desires will be fulfilled.
-By A. Eliamani