FAITH, Prayer

How important is obedience to answered prayer?

Today E. M. writes about the importance of obedience and answered prayers. I cannot overemphasize the importance of obedience to answered prayer.

Here’s E.M. Bounds again:

“What is obedience? It is doing God’s will and obeying his commandments. This is how our prayers get answered.

Nothing short of obedience to God’s will satisfy God. Keeping God’s commandments is what God demands.

Obedience is what shows God we love him.

Thank God, it is possible for every believer to please our heavenly father. It is actually easier than pleasing one’s fellow man. “

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E. M. further states that we really do know when we are obeying God’s commandments. We know this through the inner voice of the Holy Spirit.

My take about the importance of obedience to answered prayer

I think what E. M. says is true. I have learned that obedience to God’s commandments is a key to answered prayer. Don’t we all have that nagging feeling when we know we are not living as we should? When we know there was something we were supposed to do or not do?

If we haven’t, then that can only mean we have not trained ourselves to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. We have not had enough experience in listening to that voice through God’s word or through the circumstances we find ourselves in.

However, some of us can be too sensitive and confuse the voice of the Holy Spirit with our own over-developed conscience. In those cases, I think we must investigate our feelings and stack them against what the Bible teaches. If there is no evidence we have been disobedient, then we must leave it alone.

If you’re anything like me, you can feel a lot of unwarranted and unnecessary guilt. But that doesn’t changed the fact that there is a connection between obedience and answered prayer that we should consider. Don’t assume that because you take on more guilt than you should that there isn’t any at all!

When we have disobeyed, we sincerely confess it and move one. Wallowing in guilt doesn’t do a thing for us and God doesn’t require it.

As a result, when we disobey and continue to carry guilt, we tempt satan (No, I don’t, or should I say, won’t, capitalize his name.) to attack us. Satan finds that crack in our soul and weasels his way in to take that guilt . He builds on it to make us feel even guiltier, even though we have confessed it.

Therefore, keep obedience in mind when you feel your prayers aren’t getting answered.

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