another question to ask to evaluate if you have an honest relationship with GOD is am i currently in the present ignoring any of GOD’s principles? in other words, when GOD tells me to do something, when i know i’m holding on to something that GOD wants me to let go of and i continue to hold on to it, that breaks the prayer chain, the connection with GOD.
1 john 3.21-22 (niv), dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us we have confidence before GOD and we receive from HIM anything we ask [that’s the promise] because we obey HIS commands and do what pleases HIM. this is HIS command: to believe in the name of HIS SON JESUS CHRIST and to love one another as HE has commanded us.
you say, “how can i keep all of GOD’s commands? nobody’s perfect. how am i ever going to get any answers to my prayers?” GOD does not demand perfection. HE simply demands obedience. and obedience is an attitude: i want to do what’s right. HE expects you to obey.
example: let’s say my daughter is 4. she’s 30 but let’s say she’s 4. i tell my four-year-old daughter, “stefanie, go clean up your room.” if thirty minutes later i go in and the room is half picked up and she’s still got things falling all over the side – it’s not immaculate, do i get upset about it? no. she’s only a four year old. but she did the best she could. she’s not perfect, she did the best she could. but if i come in a half hour later and she’s still watching tv, then do i get upset? you bet. why? because as a parent, i don’t expect perfection but i do expect obedience, an attitude of “i want to do what’s right.”
so we ask, “am i hiding something from GOD in my relationship? ... am i doing what i know HE wants me to do at this point?” if I am, then that will hinder my getting answers to my prayers.
just a thought from the front porch…