“If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination” Proverbs 28:9( ESV).
It is so important to read God’s Word and to listen to the preached Word. How can Christians expect to grow if they don’t spend time in God’s Word? I know that we are so busy in our lives these days, doing this and that but how can we expect answers to our prayers and deliverance from our situations if we don’t even take time to know what God says? Solomon said that if we turn our ears away from hearing the law (the Word) then our prayers are an abomination. WOW! That’s a very strong statement, what does it mean? It means that we have a part to play in this Christian walk – we’ve got to be diligent in God’s Word if we are to receive of Him, grow in Him, and be all that He has called us to be.
Let me give you an example. I don’t know much about football but I do know that all the players are required and responsible for learning the playbook. The players that have not studied and internalized the playbook wind up on the sidelines not playing in the game. They can’t expect the coach to play them if they don’t know the playbook. They can’t expect the coach to take into account how busy they are or how great a person they are – they have to know the playbook! Christians cannot expect to be effective for Christ – cannot expect for the Lord to answer all of our prayers and give us all that we want – when we don’t even take the time to study His words and hear from Him.
To Joshua He said of the Bible, “meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8, ESV).
If you want spiritual success, or any success, you have to take time to hear from God, especially if you expect Him to hear from you!
c/Candie A. Price