The Pleasure of God in the Prayers of the Upright
The wicked’s sacrifice is an abomination to the Lord, but the upright’s prayer is his delight; God’s pleasures are not self-pleasure, but fullness of joy and freedom from coercion, constraint, bribery, or blackmail.
The Most Important Practical Question
Last week, we discussed what kinds of human responses to God would please God. How you view God will determine how you think you can please God, and how you decide to try to please God is the most important decision you can make. Pastor: God has no needs that I could ever be required to meet. He is complete in himself, overflowing with joy in the fellowship of the Trinity.
Prayer as the Outworking of Our Thirst
The wicked’s sacrifice is an abomination to the Lord, but the upright’s prayer is his delight, showing the depths of our poverty and the riches of his grace. God delights most in meeting needs through prayer, not in making demands.
How Can Sacrifice Be an Abomination to God?
If the heart is wicked, the actions it performs, no matter how pious or moral, are an abomination to God. Isaiah 1:13: “Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me.”
What Is an Upright Heart?
Psalm 51:17 says, “The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” The upright’s prayer that delights God comes from a heart that feels precarious in God’s presence at first. David Jeremiah says, “What makes a heart upright is an awareness of our need for mercy.”
Why Does God Delight in the Prayers of the Upright?
God despises the wicked’s sacrifices because they are extensions and outworkings of the heart, whereas the upright’s heart magnifies God’s power and grace, and Psalm 147:11 shows that God delights in prayers that express that hope.
A Closing Gospel Appeal
Drink from the river of life that flows from God’s throne (Revelation 22:1). The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come!” Let him who hears say, “Come!” and let those who are thirsty come as well.
What happens when God hears our prayers?
We are taught in the scriptures that if we address God with faith and real intent, He will always hear our prayers and will answer them; in our hearts, we will feel the confirmation that He does hear us, a sense of peace and calm; and we will also feel that everything will be fine if we follow the Father’s will.
What are signs that God is listening to your prayers?
God Is Answering Your Prayers in 4 Ways
- God Answers Your Prayers Through Scripture. God always speaks through His word.
- God Answers Your Prayers Through Others.
- God May Answer Your Prayers Audibly.
What Scripture says when God hears more than we say?
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God,” 1 John 5:14 says, “that if we ask anything according to his will, he will hear us.”
How God answers our prayers in 3 ways?
I’ve heard it said that God responds to prayers in one of three ways: God says “Yes,” and you get what you want; God says “No,” and you have to accept it and move on; or God says “Not Yet,” and you learn to wait.
Does God hear the prayers of everyone?
I’ve come to the conclusion that God hears all who pray, but that we must live the commandments and seek him in order to receive his answers. Prayer is a form of communication between God and man, and our questions to the Lord in prayer for knowledge and wisdom should be faithful questions.
Can God Heal?
u201cThere are documented cases of God healing AIDS. God can cause limbs to grow back where they’ve been chopped off,u201d Landon said during an interview at a 2016 motorcycle rally in Daytona Beach, Florida.
What are the 7 signs of the Holy Spirit?
Wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, which some Christians accept as a definitive list of specific attributes, while others see them as examples of the Holy Spirit’s work through the faithful.
Does God speak to you directly?
Yes, God speaks directly to humans, as evidenced by phrases like “And God spoke to Moses,” “the word of the Lord came to Jonah,” and “God said,” which appear over 2,000 times in the Old Testament.
Does prayer really change things?
Though our prayers do not change God’s mind, He uses prayer to carry out His will, and we can be confident that prayer changes thingsu2014including our own hearts. R.C. Sproul argues that prayer is an important part of the Christian life and encourages us to come to God’s presence with joy and hope.
What is a good prayer for healing?
Loved God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, strengthen the hands of my healers, and bless the methods used to cure me; give me such faith in the power of your grace that I may put my complete trust in you even when I am afraid; through our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.
Does God answer all prayers?
When the answer is “yes,” God answers our prayers and His response is exactly what we asked for; we are overjoyed. When the answer is “no,” this is not what we hoped for, and we frequently interpret the “no” as God having not answered our prayers; when what we pray for does not match God’s will.
What does the Bible say about crying out to God?
Because I believe our God wants us to cry out to him in those desperately lonely times of anguish. u201cAnswer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!u201d (Psalm 4:1). u201cGive ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaningu201d (Psalm 5:1).
What is the 4 types of prayer?
u201cPrayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God,u201d writes John Damascene. This definition encompasses the four main types of prayer: adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication.
How do you ask God for something you really want?
God can answer vague prayers, but being specific creates a stronger bond between you and Him. Tell God what you want or need and ask Him to provide it for you.
How do we receive God’s blessings?
“Be merciful. ”
- You don’t have to use complete sentences in your prayers — just say “Thank You Lord!” or “Mercy,” or simply address Him as “God” or “Oh, God.”
- Man’s inhumanity to others has always been a force in history.
- Jesus linked receiving God’s mercy with giving mercy to others.