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September 29, 2017, 11:47 AM

I'm praying but God's not answering

Church Family,

Oh that God would open our eyes to the pain, truth, and salvation found in Isaiah 58. Take the time to read the whole chapter. The people of Israel are Religious. They come to church, pray, do things in the name of God, but none of this is done for God.

Isaiah 58:1-4 “Cry aloud; do not hold back; lift up your voice like a trumpet; declare to my people their transgression, to the house of Jacob their sins. 2Yet they seek me daily and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that did righteousness and did not forsake the judgment of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments; they delight to draw near to God. 3‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’
Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and oppress all your workers. 4Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to hit with a wicked fist. Fasting like yours this day will not make your voice to be heard on high.

The sin of the people is that they seek their own pleasure. This leads to oppressing others. No matter how much they cry, UNTIL they deal with their sin, God is not going to hear them. Is your church more about your preferences or God's desires? Is your desire to free the sinners, feed the hungry, clothe the poor, and be transformed by the power of God or is it more about making people your slave, feeding your appetite, clothing yourself and making others into your image?

When your favoritism, preferences, and priorities are about you and not God, your life, church, and faith will always be inwardly focused. We can call on God as often and loud as we want, but He will not share His glory with others.

Is your sin life hindering your prayer life? Are you fooling everyone outwardly, but inwardly dry? Turn from your sins today while you still have time. Seek the Lord. Read the chapter. See how God desires to heal us and give us the desires of our heart when those desires are pleasing to Him.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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