If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.

Psalm 66:18-19

It is bad to be in trouble. It is worse to be in trouble and on the outs with God. According to the passage above, if we harbor sinful attitudes in our souls or willfully indulge in sinful activities, we should not expect God to respond to our prayers. This is not because God doesn’t love us. He does—more than we realize. It’s not because God doesn’t want to help us. He longs to deliver. A holy God, however, cannot wink at sin or look the other way. Intimacy with God requires honesty, humility, and purity.

For us to attempt to approach God without first addressing the ways in which we have knowingly offended him is an exercise in futility. Sin is the elephant in the room that must be acknowledged and dealt with. Once we do this, we again enjoy sweet fellowship with God. Clean and forgiven, we can be sure he hears our pleas for help.


  • I do not hear the prayers of those who have unconfessed sin in their lives.
  • I hear the prayers of the righteous.

1 John 1:7-10 NIV

[7] But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. [8] If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. [10] If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

Proverbs 28:13 NLT

[13] People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.

Deceit is never good. We must be honest with ourselves when we look into the mirror of God’s Word. If we start to conceal sin, we actually deceive ourselves into believing God let it go or forgot it. God is patient with us to come to our senses and repent and confess. Your life will start to lose joy and faith is you stay in sin.

Psalm 32:3-6 NLT

[3] When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. [4] Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude [5] Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Interlude [6] Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.

MY PRAYER TO GOD:  Lord, by your Spirit, give me the humility to take a hard look at my life. Show me any wrong attitudes and actions that I need to acknowledge, confess and repent of.

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