Does God listen to your prayers if you are in sin?
If sin is allowed to creep into the church, it will take over and, like a
cancer, will eventually erode the foundation of the church. To make allowances
for sin such that we think we can sin and not have to worry about God not
answering our prayers is ludicrous! God hates sin. You cannot minimize sin or
make excuses for it. I believe that anyone who has a love for righteousness
would never justify or excuse sin in any way, shape or manner. But if someone
is making allowances to compromise with sin, even in a theological rhetorical
manner, indicates that sin is hiding there somewhere under the covers.
Does that sound judgmental? Perhaps. But that is out
of my experience from the things I have seen. I believe that, if not
conclusive, it is at least indicative. I can only add a word of caution from my
experience that, while this may seem inconsequential or temporary and confined
to the discussion group, this is how Satan subtly begins his divisive work.
Here are some scriptures to use as backup:
Now we know
that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth
his will, him he heareth. (John 9:31)
If I regard
iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: (Psalms 66:18)
The LORD is
far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. (Proverbs
sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the
upright is his delight. (Proverbs 15:8)
turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also
will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear
cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress
and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not
answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they
hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my
counsel: they despised all my reproof. (Proverbs 1:24-30)
cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men. (Job 35:12)
iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his
face from you, that he will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2)
Ye ask, and
receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I
would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts: (Zechariah 7:13)
they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face
from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.
But unto the
wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou
shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? Seeing thou hatest instruction, and
castest my words behind thee. (Psalms 50:16-17)
And when ye
spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many
prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. (Isaiah 1:15)