Not all prayers are heard

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And all the days of Enoch were three hun­dred sixty and five years. And Enoch walked with God: and he was not, for God took him. (Ge­n­e­sis Ch. 5 verses 23–24).

Did you know it’s pos­si­ble to pray the most beau­ti­ful, elo­quent prayer ever prayed and not have it go any higher than the ceil­ing? Some­times we are filled with sin. Maybe it’s un­for­give­ness, or maybe it’s a sin we have never con­fessed. But that sin is like a bar­rier be­tween God and us. It is like try­ing to call God on a cell phone and the bat­tery goes dead.

Maybe you’ve al­lowed some sin to work its way into your life, and it has brought your prayer life to a halt. If you want to re­con­nect with God again, then you will need to con­fess your sin. The Bi­ble tells us that “if we con­fess our sins, He is faith­ful and just to for­give us our sins, and to cleanse us from all un­righ­teous­ness” (1 John Ch.1 verse 9).

I love the story of Enoch, who “walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” This sim­ply means that ev­ery day, Enoch would take daily walks with God. Ap­par­ently, he did this for many years. But one day God ef­fec­tively said, “Enoch, we’re closer to My house than yours. Why don’t you come on home with Me?”

God wants a re­la­tion­ship with you, and prayer is com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Him. It’s an on­go­ing con­ver­sa­tion that you can have with Him all day, all af­ter­noon, all night long — and all life­long. Like Enoch, you can walk with God day in and day out, year in and year out, decade in and decade out. You can walk with God in your younger years, in your mid­dle years, and in your older years. And then one day the Lord will say, “Come on. We’re closer to My house than yours. Why don’t you come on home with Me?”

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