Bible Reference: Psalm 66:16-20
Translation: Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)
Bible Text: All you people who worship God, come and I will tell you what he has done for me. I cried out to him for help, and I praised him. If I had been hiding sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened to me. But God did listen to me; he heard my prayer. Praise God! He did not turn away from me—he listened to my prayer. He continues to show his love to me!
OBSERVATION: God says that when you acknowledge Him, worship Him, praise Him and seek His face, then He will hear from heaven, supply your needs and heal your land! Where sin abides, God will not abide. Let’s look closely at what the Psalmist had to say.
APPLICATION: I believe it is obvious from this Psalm that David is sharing with us the secrets to successful prayer and the obstacles that might prevent answers to prayer. Here’s a few things that I believe comes through in this passage today:
- You must know, and have a relationship with the One you are praying to – If you don’t, why do you suppose you would ‘cry out’ to someone you don’t even know? Why would you offer up praise to someone you don’t know? How would you know that they deserve your praise? Jesus said that His sheep knows Him and He knows them by name. That’s relationship, friend!
- Clear any sin from your heart – Jesus said that we should take the plank out of our own eye before praying for the speck in your friend’s eye. David said in these verses that God would not even listen if you were trying to cover up sin that’s in your heart. Remember, God’s Holy Spirit will not reside where sin resides. He and sin cannot co-exist. We must seek forgiveness of sin, invite Jesus to reside in sin’s place, then we would have relationship with Him and therefore able to pray to Him.
Praise God for who He is, and His importance in your life – The world will show you all that could be better in your life – according to their principles. God says that when you acknowledge Him, worship Him, praise Him and seek His face, then He will hear from heaven, supply your needs and heal your land! There is such power in knowing God and having a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus! I believe it is safe to say, with confirmation from God’s Word, that anytime we feel like our prayers are not being heard, we need to look for the ‘filter’ that is blocking our prayers from reaching the throne of grace. Let’s clear the cobwebs, the sin that separates us from God, so that we may hear from Him and receive His blessings.
PRAYER: Lord, who are we that we could even come before Your throne of grace and seek Your face? You are so worthy, and we are so needy. Please help us to never get that order confused, so that we could always humble ourselves before You, worship You, seek Your face and praise You before we ever look for Your outstretched hand to meet our needs. Please forgive us for ever having approached your throne in an unworthy fashion. Please give us boldness and humbleness to always come before You as Your children and Your servants. You, oh Lord, are worthy of our praises. Please forgive us of our unworthiness so that we may bring our petitions before You today. I ask these things in greatest humility, and in the name of Jesus, AMEN!