one of the conditions to having your prayers answered is to have an honest relationship to GOD. and there are some questions to ask ourselves to evaluate if we have an honest relationship to GOD.
the bible says that’s called unconfessed sin. it may be an activity, an attitude, a habit. when we go our own way, do our own thing, it breaks the connection between us and GOD. when we try to cover up things that we know are wrong from GOD then that honest relationship is broken. there’s a falseness, a con, a fraud, trying to live two different lives at once – live for GOD and live for myself. so the first thing i ask if i’m really being honest with GOD is have i admitted what i’ve done wrong.
psalm 66.18 says that if i regard or cherish or try to hide sin in my heart the LORD will not hear. isaiah 59.2 says our sins, our wrongness, separates us from GOD. proverbs 28.13 (niv) says, he who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
what do you do? 1 john 1.9 (niv), if we confess our sins, HE is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
what is confession? confession is simply being honest with GOD. it’s saying, “GOD, YOU’re right. i was wrong. that jealousy or that impatience was wrong. please forgive me.” the first way we can tell if we have an honest relationship with GOD is are we being honest when we make mistakes. “GOD, YOU’re right. that was wrong.”
just a thought from the front porch…