Pastor Tim Romero
Micah 3:4 (ESV): "4 Then they will cry to the Lord, but he will not answer them; he will hide his face from them at that time, because they have made their deeds evil."
Sin hinders our prayer life with God. For the believer, when we choose to sin we abandon our relationship with God.It doesn't mean we aren't saved, our reconciliation is through Christ alone, but it does mean we aren't in fellowship with God (Isa 1:15; Pro 28:9).Repentance is what restores our fellowship and enables our prayers to be heard.
Micah was a prophet in Judah around the same time as Isaiah (750-700 BC).It was a prosperous time for all of Israel and thus their dependence on God was waning.Consequently, his message was one of rebuke and judgment for the entire nation of Israel but also for future restoration.Here we find Micah denouncing the leaders of Judah and Israel.They had led the people astray and were now going to be judged.They would cry out to God but He would remain silent for their sin was inhibiting their prayers.
I wonder how many times we pray to God with known unrepentant sin and wonder why He isn't responding. Why would He respond since our fellowship is broken with Him?If we want to be heard we need to be in fellowship with Him.All that requires is repentance.So repent and be restored, amen?
Father, we thank You for loving us as You do.Forgive us for not responding to You as we ought.We repent this day.Cleanse us, forgive us, restore us we pray in Jesus' name, amen.