Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 8, 2010

Prayer Hinderances

Ge 4:7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.

 Abel brought a sacrifice of atonement.  He confessed he was a sinner and was offering a sacrifice of repentance.  Cain was sacrificing an offering of thanksgiving and expected God to accept that without any confession and repentance.  That is why Cain’s sacrifice was rejected and Able’s accepted.  It is a heart attitude.   When we pray, we must first check our heart attitude.  We need to acknowledge and confess our sins, ask forgiveness and ask God, through His Holy Spirit, to enable us to turn from our old nature and live through His grace in the new nature He gives us.  After that we can turn to thanksgiving and supplications.  Let’s always be sure sin does not lie in the way of our prayers.  Let us guard ourselves against the egotistic thinking of we’re not that bad.  Any thought or action that is not in line with God’s commands is sin.  It doesn’t have to be something big or in the open to be sin.  We must check our thought life as well.

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