Verse 33 If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together,
If communication is important as we said yesterday, how can we be sure God will hear us? Job had this very same question but he didn’t have the same answer. Because of Jesus coming to earth and being the sacrifice for our sins He has made a way for us to be in contact with the Father in a more personal way. As we were saying yesterday, communication is the key and communication can’t be good if the relationship is not.
We can’t have a good relationship with God without having Jesus has our mediator. Only because of the shedding of His blood for our sins can we be in a position to have conversation with the God of the universe. We need to respond to His call to repentance and make Him the Lord of our lives. We have to see Him as our master to truly understand our position in this relationship.
Various times in Scripture it talks about how we need to be living a righteous life to have a good prayer life (John 9:31, Proverbs 15:29, Proverbs 28:9, Psalm 66:18-20, Proverbs 15:8, Isaiah 59:2 and 1 Peter 3:12 to name a few). Just as with our relationships with a loved one if we aren’t living in unison we struggle to communicate. If we are not living in a way which pleases God, why would He want to listen to us? Why would what we have to say matter to Him? That is why repentance is such an important part of the prayer puzzle.
When we have repented – acknowledged our sin and have turned from it – we can come to the Lord in a discussion of peace and understanding. We need to come to Him with a desire to know His will and live in it. Prayers of confession are great but unless they are accompanied by a heart which desires to please Him following the confession, we are just wasting our breath.
Prayer is such an important part of our Christian walk because it puts us in a place of humility before the Father. A place where we stop looking at ourselves and start looking to the One whose name we claim. We need to be doing everything we can to keep those communication lines open.
Making It Personal
Do you ever feel like God isn’t listening to your prayers? What in your life is standing in the way of good communication with God? Are you ready to clear the air for better communication?
Making It Personal Kids
Is it hard to talk to a friend who is acting in a way you don’t like? Have you ever thought about how it may be hard for Jesus to listen to your prayers because you are doing things He doesn’t like? What do you need to tell Him you are sorry about?
Father, please forgive us for not living in a way which keeps the communication lines clear with You. Give us eyes to see and hearts which are tender to You so we won’t let those lines of communication get clogged. In Jesus’ name, amen.