Why do we expect God to ignore our sinfulness? It's true that when we're saved, our sins are as far away as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). But because God cares about His children, God still cares about our sins.
Our sins may be the reason your prayers are ineffective. James 5:16 says, "Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." This is a passage about the prayers of a Christian. So our confession of sin does impact God's inclination to answer prayer.
God always hears our prayers. God even hears the prayers of a non-believer, though He is not inclined to answer them (John 9:31).
Today if you feel like God isn't answer your prayers, ask yourself, "Is it because I am not God's child?" If so, turn from your sin and turn to Christ. Believe in Christ's death, burial, and resurrection.
If you are His child but have unconfessed sin, confess your sins today.
God is there. God cares. God listens.
Reflect: Read John 9:31; 1 Peter 3:12; Psalm66:18; Isaiah 59:2. What do these passages teach us about God? What do these passages teach us about people?
Respond: How does this change your view of sin and your relationship with God?
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