Clearing up the static on the line

By Dr. John W. Lewis - Religion Writer

Leviticus 26:19b, “…I will make your heaven as iron…”

Sometimes it seems our prayers have a hard time penetrating the throne of God in heaven. It’s just as though we have been disconnected, put on hold, received a busy signal, or there is unbelievable static on the line It’s at times like this we hear the devil say, you can’t get through you might as well stop trying. Sad to say many do stop trying instead of searching for the problem that keeps them from a clear hook-up to be online with God.

Searching for the problem will cause us to look inward and be open and honest with ourselves. So let’s jump up on the examining table and let the chief technician check us out.

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

Is there a secret sin in our lives we haven’t confessed and forsaken? We must come clean with God if we want a clear line of communication with God.

James 4:3. “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask a miss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts,”

Are the prayers we offer motivated by selfish desires? Are we earnest with our desires to receive anything from God? Unwise prayers may bounce back to us unanswered. Are we abiding in Christ?

John 15:7. “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and It shall be done unto you.”

As we delight ourselves with the Lord, He is faithful to give us our desires.

Psalms 37:4, “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Instability or lack of faith in God’s faithfulness will disconnect us from an answer.

James 1:6-8, “. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

An unforgiving spirit will certainly break down our line of communication with God.

Matthew 6:14-15, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” This could be our secret sin. What we think about the Word of God will affect our success in getting our prayers heard and answered. We must read it, heed it, and obey it.

Proverbs 28:9, “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” We must know His Word so we will know what to ask for.

Showing no mercy is a way to turn God off when we cry for help. The law of sowing and reaping is clearly seen here.

Proverbs 21:13, “Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.”

When we come to God in prayer let’s take inventory and see where we can clean up any static that hinders our getting online with God.

Anchor Baptist Church

456 Jamison Rd

Washington Court House, OH 43160

(740) 333-7777

By Dr. John W. Lewis

Religion Writer