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April 30 – Prayers That Make God Angry

“O LORD God of hosts, how long will You be angry with Your people’s prayers?  You have fed them with the bread of tears and given them tears to drink in full measure.  You make us an object of contention for our neighbors, and our enemies laugh among themselves.  Restore us, O God of hosts; let Your face shine, that we may be saved!” Psalm 80:4-7

Devotional Thought For The Day

Is it possible that God could be angry with people’s prayers?  Apparently so, and I’m sure we can understand why and how this could be the case. We have had people who have asked us for things, who have acted as if they were friendly, sane, and reasonable – yet, who have turned out to be liars, cheats, irrational, evil, and wicked. Then they call again – as if we are supposed to be fooled and ignorant of what they are doing and what they are truly like.  At some point, such contacts make us angry.

God is far more patient, loving, and long-suffering than we are, but He also knows when He is facing futility with a person’s heart.  As in the case of Pharaoh who hardened his own heart, God allows such hardening and seals such hearts in hardness. Even when there are people who claim His Name, who act externally as if they are among His people, but who have hardened their hearts against repentance, against true faith and trust in His gracious love, and who are really committed to selfishness, greed, pride, lust, and all other manner of sin and darkness [especially idolatry], then God not only turns a deaf ear to their prayers, but their prayers anger Him. They are really praying for evil purposes.

Are we among those who pray in this way? Hopefully not! Certainly it is a grotesque evil to reject a life of genuine repentance and honesty, or to minimize in any way the wondrous grace, mercy, forgiveness, love, and kindness of God! Certainly it is a grievous evil to reject the clear Word of God written for us in Holy Scripture, the Bible. Surely we recognize the spiritual danger of remaining in commitment to any kind of sin [impenitently] and yet calling out to God to bless us. Especially we can understand that asking God for things that we intend to use for our own selfishness and sin would make Him angry. Hopefully if we have prayed in this manner we have repented of such rebellion and have returned to God for His gracious forgiveness and mercy.

God alone can save us – from eternal death and damnation, and also from all forms of spiritual hypocrisy and malice toward God. The destruction of ancient Israel called for deep seated repentance among the people of God, and genuine faith and trust in His Word, and renewed commitment to walking in the ways of love, as taught by His Word. God’s call remains the same for each of us who claim His Name and call upon Him in prayer today. It begins with repentance, genuine honesty about our sin and our sinful predilections, and joyful certainty in His gracious love. May God indeed be gracious to each of us, causing His face to shine upon us that we may be saved.

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, we too are subject to presumption in our praying to You. We also harbor commitment to various sins and vices within our hearts – and we require Your help in bringing us to proper repentance. Renew a right spirit within us and restore to us the joy of Your salvation. Deliver us from all hypocrisy in our praying to You. Amen.