HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
Although from time to time God answers the prayers of anyone who sincerely cries out to Him in time of need (see Key Five), He is not bound by His Word to do this. That is why men and women sickened by the horrors of war have demanded: “Where was God at the Battle of Leningrad when hundreds of thousands perished?” They have asked: “Where was God when the Jews, Poles, Czechs, Danes and Dutch were being herded into gas chambers in World War II?”
God’s Word answers: “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:1–2).
The same principle is found in the New Testament. A man Jesus healed of blindness stated: “Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him” (John 9:31).
It is not our job to psychoanalyze or “spiritually dissect” those who have not had their prayers answered in the past. But we all have a duty to ask ourselves: “Do I worship the true God? Do I do His will?”
Please be honest with yourself. It is easy to rationalize or to “reason around” this very clear scriptural teaching about obeying God’s law. But if you want real answers to your prayers, you need to repent of breaking the Ten Commandments—which is defined as sin (1 John 3:4). And you need to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour (Acts 2:38). Then—through the help of the promised Holy Spirit—you will need to surrender more and more each day to let Jesus Christ live His obedient life in you. Keep in mind what the Apostle Paul declared: ‘I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
You have probably heard certain mainstream evangelists use the word “repent” from time to time—though not nearly as often as they should. However, in nearly every instance, they utterly fail to give a true biblical explanation of what repentance is all about. True repentance involves a total surrender of one’s mind, heart and will to the Creator God, and requires the acceptance of the death of His Son in payment for sin. For sin demands death. That is why Christ had to “pay” the death penalty on our behalf. As the Apostle Paul wrote: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Jesus said: “If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matthew 19:17). Do you keep the Ten Commandments? Or do you make excuses? The Apostle John was inspired to write: “And whatever we ask we receive from Him because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight” (1 John 3:22). This New Testament scripture clearly shows us that we receive answers to our prayers when we keep God’s commandments!
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As you grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18), He will live His life in you more and more fully over the course of your Christian life. Certainly, you will not be “perfect” all at once! No human being has ever been perfect except Jesus Christ Himself. But you will be walking in the “way” of the Ten Commandments by surrendering to Him. By “walking with Christ” in this manner, you can be assured of having more powerful answers to your prayers than ever before!