The Righteous and Evildoers contrasted in terms of Prayer Results

 

"For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayer: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil." (1 Peter 3:12)
 
How could Peter write this? Are God's ears open to our prayers, or is his face against us?
Why doesn't Peter talk about "the righteous who do evil"?
 
If the doctrines of Free Grace Theology are true, then the "righteous" are just a sub-class of those who do evil! So how can Peter tell us at the same time the face of the Lord is against such people, and then again, that His eyes are over them, and His ears open to their prayer?
 
"Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." (James 5:16,17)
 
"If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;  but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.  Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!" (Psalm 66:18-20)
 
The Bible teaches that we have access to the throne of God through the blood of Jesus. Can we have access to the throne of God to be heard while we cherish sin in our hearts? Can we have boldness with God while we do evil?
 
"My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.  And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.  For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.  And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.  And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment."
 
I think the teaching of the Bible is pretty clear, both in the Old and New Testaments. If you want your prayers to be heard, and to get prayer answers, you must first submit your whole life to God. You can't expect God to listen to you if you have not given your life to God. And if you want to be a slave to sin, an evildoer, then do not assume you are righteous just because some preacher tells you that you are righteous "by grace through faith". If the face of the Lord is in fact against you, and your prayers do not get answered, do not be content for things to stay that way. Look to Christ, and give up your sins, especially your determination to direct your own life without reference to the Holy Spirit or Christ. Let Him be the Lord and Master of your life. Align yourself with His Kingdom. Only then, are you going to see what God can really do in your life, and through your life. Only then will you be part of the Kingdom of God.

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  1. lookingforhope2011 says:

    You know. I was reading this as well as 1 john the other night and I got to thinking. What about the times we slip and curse when someone cuts us off in traffic or the times your spouse says an unkind word and you spout another one right back?. There are so many different scenarios I know. But that would mean a believer is still sinning. Then what? We go to 1st John 1:9 confess our sins then a week later say another unkind word or get angry over someones disrespect of us? It seems it becomes a vicious circle. Im not sure what Paul’s thorn in the side was,although there are many speculations and opinions. But maybe he also dealt with this is in some way?. I would be interested to see the comments anyone has.

    • Holyroller_11 says:

      God would never give a throne that would cause a saint to commit sin,what ever Paul;s thorne was, most likely a problem staying humble,so a messager from satan throwing darts in his head or a disease that wouldn;t heal.regardless He prevailed and so shall all who depend on Christ

      • lookingforhope2011 says:

        I knew it wasn’t from God what Paul was battling with. But was always curious if he had the same problems not sinning and then having to confess that sin and if that was his “thorn” so to speak.

        • bornagainbytheblood says:

          Romans chapter 7 was not describing Paul’s current sinfulness, but rather his battle when he was under the law. Once Paul found grace in Christ Jesus, he walked in the Spirit, which gives the victory over sin.

          • lookingforhope2011 says:

            This probably ain’t the right spot to put this but im asking anyway. I want to hear Gods voice and know beyond a shadow of a doubt its HIM talking and not something inside me coming from me! Help please!

          • Holyroller_11 says:

            I can tell you what to do ,but you have to want it bad enough to recieve

          • lookingforhope2011 says:

            I sent a message to you about it. Thanks brother 🙂

          • Holyroller_11 says:

            I’m going to tell it strait,(believe it or not) first tongues in prayer is right,but this is the Spirit praying through you,not an answer to your prayer, to recieve an answer,(a got to have) plan on spending some real prayer time,find your prayer room and praise the Lord with all your heart until the fire falls,look to the heavens which cometh thy strenth, the waves of the HolyGhost will begin to flow,then nothing ,then flow,stronger and stronger as you press,don.t stop if it takes all night,and for those who say this is unnessasary,give me your testimony. The fire of God will fall on those who want it ,and refuse to stop. SEEK and you will find,not name it and claim it.

    • bornagainbytheblood says:

      Friend, someone who still curses, regardless of the situation, needs deliverance; yield to Jesus’ blood through the Spirit and He will set you free. Don’t give up, as the devil will try to discourage you and convince you that no one can be free from sin; but, remember, he’s a liar. That foul devil can put bad words in your mind, but you don’t have to say them. The devil can tempt you, but he can’t make you do anything he wants, for you are in control of your own vessel. “Get thee behind me satan!”

      James 4:7 – Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

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