Proverbs 15:29 “The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.”
It’s common knowledge that when we call upon the name of the Lord, He answers. So, does this mean that God answers all prayers? It might come as quite a surprise to most of us that God also rejects prayers. We must remember that God is not obligated to hear our prayers. When He answers them, He does it out of His own goodness.
More often than not, the way our Lord responds to our prayers depend on our thoughts and intentions behind them. God`s eyes are divine and can see more than what we display. You can never keep anything a secret from Him. He knows it all. Nothing escapes His eyes. When someone prays with a wicked heart, it grieves Him immensely. Our God is a compassionate God, longing to forgive and bless everyone who comes to Him. In fact, Lord Jesus never rejected anyone who approached Him with a prayer request.
Does this mean that we ought to be sinless and blameless in order for Him to hear our prayers? In the world that we live in today, is it even possible to live a pure and holy life? Maybe not, but the good news is that, our Lord is aware of this and expects us to falter. However, He is quick to forgive when we come before Him with a heart filled with remorse and righteousness.
When we come to His presence with a clean and pure heart, He hears our prayers and answers them favourably and mightily. The confession of our sins and repentance towards them, make our prayers perfect in the eyes of the Lord. He loves blessing the ones who are humble at heart and not ashamed to accept the mistakes and receive His chastisement.
Our Lord is righteous and perfect in all His ways. He can never be associated with anything that is wicked and evil. So, the next time we have a prayer request, let us remember to humble ourselves before His mighty presence. God will never forsake us because of our sins. Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” He has made this promise with no conditions so its okay to be imperfect, as long as we are ready to acknowledge our flaws and come clean before His throne.