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Title:           “Confidence and Compassion in Prayer – VII”

FCF:            thinking we can sin without consequence

D-Theme:   Sin has a consequence for prayer

M-Thrust:   confess your sin and ask for forgiveness

App:           Since sin has a consequence to our prayers we must confess our sin and ask for forgiveness

Subject:     unconfessed sin

Date:          33B834911BC740AF9D5AC27B9EE8C944

Text:           Psalm 66:18

18If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.

• Introduction

•   For the last two weeks we have been considering James…

•   And his admonition/exhortation about prayer…

•   That we do not have because we do not ask…

•   And that when we do ask we ask for the wrong reasons…

•   I asked the question…

•   What keeps us from seeing answers to our prayers…?

•   And you all said…

•   Unbelief—doubt—lack of faith…

•   Wrong motives—selfish desires

•   Unforgiveness

•   Unconfessed sin—unclean hands and heart

•   Tonight we are going to focus on the last one…

•   …unconfessed sin…

•   Because I think the prevailing attitude amongst the church…

•   Is that we can have sin—unconfessed sin—in their lives…

•   And it won’t have any effect on us…

•   That it won’t have any effect on our prayer lives…

•   Our fallen condition is thinking we can sin without consequence…

•   But the Bible teaches – and clearly – that…

•   Sin has a consequence for prayer…

•   Consider our scripture text tonight…

•   Read Psalm 66:18

• If I regard iniquity in my heart

•   What does it mean to regard…?

•   ra˒ah (רָאָה), “to see, observe, perceive, get acquainted with, gain understanding, examine, look after (see to), choose, discover.”[1]

•   2334. θεωρέω thĕōrĕō, theh-o-reh´-o; from a der. of 2300 (perh. by add. of 3708); to be a spectator of, i.e. discern, (lit., fig. [experience] or intens. [acknowledge]):[2]

•   to consider [τι] Ps 65(66),18 [3]

•   If I know it is there and choose to do nothing about it…

•   If I consider it—entertain it—if I experience it…

•   If I acknowledge it, look after it…

•   If sin is there and I know it and don’t confess it…

•   Then it remains unforgiven sin…

1st John 1:9

9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

•   Sin in the believer must be confessed if it is to be forgiven…

Psalm 32:5

5I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

•   So what about unconfessed sin…?

•   Forgiven or unforgiven…? Unforgiven…!

•   And if we are in a state of unforgiveness from God…

•   What can we expect in regards to our prayers…?

•  18If I regard iniquity in my heart,

• the Lord will not hear.

Proverbs 15:29

29The Lord is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.

Isaiah 1:15

15When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.

John 9:31

31Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.

James 5:16

16Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

• So what is the key…?

•   Confessconfess your sin and ask for forgiveness

•   To confess is to…

•   homologeo (ὁμολογέω, 3670), lit., “to speak the same thing” (homos, “same,” lego, “to speak”), “to assent, accord, agree with,” denotes, (a) “to confess, declare, admit,”; (b) “to confess by way of admitting oneself guilty of what one is accused of, the result of inward conviction,” [4]

• Conclusion


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[1]      Vine, W. E., Unger, M. F., & White, W. (1996). Vine's complete expository dictionary of Old and New Testament words (1:219). Nashville: T. Nelson.

[2]      Strong, J. (1997, c1996). The new Strong's dictionary of Hebrew and Greek words (G2334). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3]      θεωρέω Lust, J., Eynikel, E., & Hauspie, K. (2003). A Greek-English Lexicon of the Septuagint : Revised Edition. Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft: Stuttgart.

[4]      Vine, W. E., Unger, M. F., & White, W. (1996). Vine's complete expository dictionary of Old and New Testament words (2:120). Nashville: T. Nelson.

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