Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:1-2
When people talk, some will listen and some will not. Those who do not listen, don’t for various reasons. Sometimes they will not listen, because what is being said has nothing to do with them and they have no interest in the information. Others don’t listen because all they hear are lies coming from the person and don’t want to hear lies.
It is common for some people to be ignored because all that is being said is false. Their word cannot be trusted.
Isaiah points out that God is big enough to hear and save everyone. Yet, God is unable to save some because of their sin. Sin is hiding His face from them to keep Him from hearing the person.
Many believers will cry out to God for help or guidance and will hear nothing in return. God appears to be silent and refusing to answer and they wonder why.
As they are crying out to God, they are also living in willful sin. They continue to sin on purpose, with no mind to change. In doing so, they are trampling on what Jesus has done for them and rejecting God, even while claiming to follow Him.
Sin blocks people from God. He cannot be around sin. The first thing a believer must do is be willing to repent of the sin and change. Jesus offers that forgives and removal of all sin.
Once the sin is removed, God can begin to hear the believer’s prayers and calls. His ear is listening for the broken heart that is repenting of sin. Once that is heard, God can move forward.
You may have times when God appears to be silent with you. He does not want to answer you. One of the reasons this may be is for unforgiven sin in your life.
Examine your life and see if you are allowing sin to reign in some area of your life. Be willing to go to Jesus and seek forgiveness. He is willing and ready to forgive you of your sins and remove them. Once your life is clean again before God, He is able to hear your prayers.
I pray today that you will seek the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will repent of all sins; that you will seek to live for God in every area of your life; and that God will be able to hear all of your prayers.