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G-d wants to listen to your prayers.

by Mark Railey
Dec. 29, 2020
"We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will" (John 9:31). Proverbs 28:9 clarifies, "If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable" - that is, God does not listen to them but rather hates them. The first half of the verse in transliterated Hebrew is "mê·sîr ’ā·zə·nōw miš·šə·mō·a tō·w·rāh" (מֵסִ֣יר אָ֭זְנוֹ מִשְּׁמֹ֣עַ תּוֹרָ֑ה). Clearly the word "instruction" is the Hebrew word "Torah" meaning, Law or instruction. Therefore we see that if we want our prayers heard we must both hear the Torah and do God's will. Indeed, if we do this, the blessings are greater than just answered prayers. If you will return to the instructions of God, "The Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live" (Deuteronomy 30:6). When one says the primary command is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength, the ability to actually love God in this way comes through a heart circumcision by God. If your heart is hard (uncircumcised), God will not listen to your prayers. In essence, God makes it possible for Himself to hear your prayers by causing you to love Him with your whole heart. If your heart is not circumcised, He doesn't listen. You must first humble yourself before the Lord in prayer and then He will lift you up. Don't be like the proud religious who lifted his hands and said "I thank you God that you did not make me like that sinner over there." God will not listen. Instead be the humble sinner who says "Lord, have mercy on me a sinner." God will pour out his mercy on your entire life. Just as an aside, don't you think it is interesting for God to listen to your prayers, you must love God and for you to hear God's voice, you must love God. Come to think of it: One who loves God will want to hear the Torah and do His will. It is like listening to the voice of the bridegroom and agreeing to do what he asks.
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