THOUGHTS

SHORT, THOUGHT PROVOKING ARTICLES PUBLISHED BI-MONTHLY.

All articles are written using the NKJV, unless otherwise noted! All articles are written by David Hicks, unless specified otherwise.

ATTENDED TO MY VOICE!

Every child of God wishes to know for certain that his prayers before God are heard! The Spirit of God has revealed complete and comprehensive instruction on how to pray, for what, and through Whom.

In this short “Thought”, we want to look at an important understanding that has been shared with us for posterity by king David.

Psalm 66:18-19If I regard iniquity in my heart,
The Lord will not hear.
19 But certainly God has heard me;
He has attended to the voice of my prayer.”

In these short verses are two distinct keys for certainty or uncertainty as we offer our prayers in hopes our Father hears.

Uncertainty –

David knew that if he entertained iniquity in his heart, God would not hear his supplications. This iniquity in the heart can be described thus:

·         Sin in the heart

Genesis 6:5Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

·         An unforgiving attitude

Mark 11:25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”

·         Full of carnal motivations

James 4:3You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”

·         Being selfish in your marriage relationship

1 Peter 3:7Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.”

·         A heart of unbelief

James 1:6-7But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord”

Certainty –

David also knew that God heard him; he knew this was centered on God’s instruction:

·         To ask according to His will

1 John 5:14Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”

·         To give all effort to righteousness

1 Peter 3:12For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.””

·         To know humility in the presence of our Father

James 4:6But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.””

·         To persistently approach our Father

Luke 18:1Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart”

Let us be certain, as David was, that:

He has attended to the voice of my prayer