Perspectives in Proverbs: Prayer

The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.

Proverbs 15.29

Don’t you want God to hear you? Jesus said, “Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16.24). All I have to do is ask. It’s easy to ask when my heart is right with God and others; it’s impossible when filled with pride. It’s reasonable for the Creator to call upon His creation to depend upon Him. I must open my mouth wide, and He will fill it (Psalm 81.10). When I ask, God consoles me, draws me near, and helps me to see life from Heaven’s perspective. If I ask and don’t receive, the problem is with me. I’ve asked amiss, perhaps. Lord, save me from asking without receiving. When I do receive, I will give you the praise and glory!

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