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Heard of preacher.
I want to say it might have been John MacArthur but I can't be sure if that's who I remember but they were telling how sister was very sick in the hospital.
And this is before he was saved and and there was a critical condition type situation.
You know what you might not have made it and and not even being saved.
He went into the Chapel of the hospital and prayed fervently not being safe.
And I have kind of like the Foxhole prayer, right?
You know, you're you're praying but you're really had no right to pray or you're not a believer that kind of thing in and he said in his and the sister was recovered.
She healed up she was fine and from his perspective then was that he answered my prayer, but then he said later on he knows I realize that I was even save that you don't may have been just that God's plan was to heal her anyway and despite my unsaved whether you're being heard by God in prayer.
And so I'm going to get that a moment.
I just want to give a little bit of a kind of a reminder of where we came from last year last week because it ties into this week and last week we talked about the start of prayer which was humility.
And we looked at the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector and my premise last week was that when one comes to faith in Christ, there's a moment of humility because one realizes how utterly wretched they are and they audit realize how holy goddess.
Each person is a sinner.
Like I said out early Ratched they're completely in need of being saved and and you can't get saved until you understand that.
And to come to Christ one must acknowledge their need for him to save and to come to Christ one must also humble themselves and increase in contrast to the wretchedness of the person one must also realize the Holiness of God.
And when you realize the great Gap that exists between our sinfulness or wretchedness, whatever word you want to use in God's holiness you realize that it's an unclosable Gap from our perspective.
There's no way we can restore a relationship with God on our own.
Other than that we come to faith in Christ and and rely on him and his sacrifice on the cross to do that work of restoring the relationship and bridging that Gap.
We can't there's no not enough steps we can take to bridge that gap on our own but that attitude that starts out the life of faith in Christ that attitude realizing how how sorry and wretched one person is that's the attitude we must not lose.
We can't lose it and if we do if we forget our need for God cuz we've forgotten how sinful we were that will quickly lead to some self-satisfaction pride a sense that we owe.
You know, I kind of deserve salvation in the first place cuz I was one of the good ones it's easy to get down that right route.
If we forget where we started from and where we are as still flawed people in our consideration of the Pharisee and the tax collector then last week as we looked at how they prayed.
We saw that the Pharisee he was all about self elevation looking at himself from a perspective of I'm pretty good here compared to everybody else and then the tax collector he was about self evaluation.
He was properly evaluating himself.
So one Elevate himself over the others while the other fully recognizes his sorry state of it.
And he comes to God and just shouts out and have Lord have mercy on me a sinner.
And Jesus who told that Parable said that the tax collector was justified.
The Pharisee was not you may remember I ended the sermon partly that way saying it wasn't that he was justified more than Justified as either all or none.
And Jesus said the Pharisees did not was not justified.
Even though he had all the actions in the eloquence maybe in all of those things.
Sore attitude and prayer has to be like that of the tax collector who realized how wretched he was and how much he needed a savior and in the end the tax collector was justified by his face.
The Pharisee was not justified because his face was in his works.
Now the theme of last week's sermon continuous and it flows into this week's sermon, which is specifically about some things that can keep us from being heard in our prayers.
It's important for us to understand that if we stay humble as the tax collector did and if we keep the attitude of Reliance on God, and we remember to take to live in an attitude when we have a wonder over his love and his Holiness and his Mercy, then we can have the right attitude and we can make sure that our prayers are heard.
The Bible is clear that there are some things that keep our prayers from being hurt.
And here is one of those areas in the church work sometimes platitude is spoken so often we don't think about it and it's it's it's not necessarily with regard to the truth and we say sometimes very flippantly will and will usually say to children will say no God always hears your prayers.
God always answers your prayers.
We might say well sometimes the answer is no But is that what scripture tells us?
We will see you today that this cannot be true all the time.
One he only answers prayers that are in accordance with his will.
Perhaps you'll say but I know his well, well, I'm glad that you have such confidence.
But unless that confidence is grounded in scripture.
Your understanding of God's will may be skewed because work we're very human.
We we very often will say you know why I think this must be God's will cuz I want it so bad and that's not a very good way to look at it instead.
We need to go to God's word and I've heard people say that praying God's will is the death of prayer that it indicates a lack of faith, if we pray thy will be done or if it is your will and yet the Lord pray this way Jesus himself.
He prayed that the father's will be done.
It's not a lack of face for to pray that God's will be done.
But rather it's a greater Faith because it allows that we're going to say to him that you have your way whether or not that's what I wanted.
Later in the series.
We're going to be learning about things we should be praying for but for now, I will just say that when Jesus says I will give to you anything you ask in my name.
That doesn't mean that we say here is the prayer for what I want in Jesus name.
Give me $1000000.
In Jesus name I added the magic words on so it must be going to happen.
Right?
No, in fact what he means by praying and his name is praying under his authority.
And that means we pray for things that are in keeping with his nature his will and his plan any prayer that is not in keeping with his nature his will and his plan will not be answered regardless of the prayer was spoken with the utmost confidence or not.
Whether or not Jesus name was used is as Jesus model submission to the father.
So should we say nevertheless?
They will be done.
No, I want to look at several examples of when our prayers may not be heard.
We're going to look to scripture to see some of these things that may keep us from being heard but more importantly there things that keep our relationship from God from being what it could be.
And so we're going to get into that.
This is going to be a little different than my normal sermon style, which is more expository where I take a passage and work through it for the whole sermon.
Today.
We're going to actually look at many different scriptures that end in spend a little time on each one because there's some important things that we need to see in scripture about things that may keep us from being heard by God.
The first one is proverbs 28:9 It says if one turns away his ear from hearing the law even his prayer is an abomination.
Sometimes we read through the Proverbs in bulk what I mean by that is will read a chapter the time and there's nothing wrong with that have been part of men's groups were they said, you know read one whatever day of the week as you read that proverb that day and there's 30 one of them.
So you get through every month you get through all the Proverbs and there's nothing wrong with that.
But sometimes we need to take one proverb all by itself and just think about it look at it.
And this one says if it one turns away his ear from hearing the law even his prayer is an abomination.
So what does that mean turns his ear from?
We it means that he's not hearing but in the sense that the scripture is getting at here.
It's actually hearing with the sense that there's obedience along with the hearing.
Okay, if we say to our children or something, you're not hearing what I'm saying?
What we often mean is you're not obeying what I'm saying?
And that's kind of what this is getting too.
It's that if he not just here like he doesn't hear it anymore.
Like it's hearing went bad.
It's if he's no longer adhering to the law.
He's no longer trying to keep God's statutes.
So there's obedience involved here.
And I'm going to give away my conclusion of the sermon early because we're going to be seeing many times that this resonates again.
And again the steam through the the passages.
I'm going to give to you but the basic gist of it is this if you refuse to hear God, he will refuse to hear you.
And you're going to hear me say that more than once so you we may want to write it down in your notes even.
So there's also the sense of it.
It's an Abomination.
So it's not simply that God is not hearing the prayer but it's an Abomination unto him it.
It's like a stench.
It's a vile thing to him.
And so we think about that and it's like wow, it's not just that he's not turning us out.
He actually is repulsed by the prayer.
If we're not a hearing to his word.
And and you think about it in a lot of our prayers to God or our for his help in different ways.
Well think of a family if a son or daughter never obeys their parents.
Does a good parent then grant them every request?
And I'm so goddess.
Is that way too.
He he wants a relationship with us where we obey him.
He's the Creator.
He has the right to make those rules and he has and he tells us to obey him and we can expect if we don't obey him to come and say well Daddy here's what I want.
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