Psalm 66:18 – “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.”
Have you ever talked on the phone and struggled to hear what the other person was saying because of poor reception? Whenever we have poor reception, its said that we have “static in the line.” In other words, we are struggling to communicate because something is causing interference between the two phones. “Static in the line” can be very frustrating as we try to communicate with others. Sometimes when we pray, we may feel the same way with God. We are trying to communicate, but our prayers don’t seem to be reaching Him and He doesn’t seem to be answering back. If this continues, we tend to give up on prayer because we feel that God is not hearing anyway. We could say that static exists in the line between us and God. What do we do when we sense this?
The first thing we should not do is blame God. The Bible states in a number of places that God graciously welcomes us before His throne. He desires to converse with us anytime & anywhere. The problem isn’t on God’s end, we must understand that. The problem actually lies on our end. In our text, God identifies the problem, iniquity (or sin). Sin will very quickly disrupt our communication with God. Isaiah 59:1-2 states, “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that is cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” If we want the “static” removed from our line with God, then we must be ruthlessly honest about our sin through personal confession. God will abundantly forgive if we willingly come clean. But if we choose to retain sin in our hearts, our prayers won’t go any higher then the ceiling. May God help us remove the “static” out of the line between us and Him!