The Power of Prayer has a “But” Attached

I have been hearing a lot of thought on the matter of prayer.  Sometimes it sounds to me as though we always have power in prayer.  No matter how we have violated God’s word, His law, His ordinances, or His worship; and the way we live our lives; it has sounded to me as though we still have power in prayer.  That is not what Scripture says.

In reading Isaiah 56 – 60 today you will come upon these verses…

“Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.” Isaiah 59:1-2  (KJB)

In the New Testament we have the words of the apostle Peter…

“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” 1 Peter 3:7

In the Psalms the Psalmist sang…

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me…” Psalm 66:18

There is power in the prayer of those who are walking with the LORD in His righteousness, fully confident, and trusting in Him and His word.  You cannot expect power in prayer with God when you are living with sin.

O, turn to Jesus the Righteous One.  Walk in His righteousness, and live.

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