5 Minute Read + Scripture readings
Today’s Bible Reading:
Today’s Bible Verse(s):
“Anyone who turns his ear away from hearing the law — even his prayer is detestable.”
Proverbs 28:9 (CSB)
Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):
We understand throughout Scripture that God loves it when we pray. He loves it when we wrestle with Him in prayer just like Jacob wrestled with Him (Genesis 32:24-32). In fact, He keeps our prayers and they are the incense of Heaven (Revelation 8:4). So, we would do well to understand what prayer is and to engage in it regularly.
In our verse for today, we read that there is something we might do that could make our prayers abhorrent to God. What is it that makes our prayers “detestable?”
Proverbs 28:9 (CSB): “Anyone who turns his ear away from hearing the law — even his prayer is detestable.”
When someone refuses to read or listen to God’s Word so that they can comply with it, then our prayers are repugnant to the Lord. Stated positively, God loves the prayers of those who love His Word, read it, and put it into practice, confessing any failure to comply with it.
One verse that is particularly beneficial in understanding why the Psalmist was “a man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22), is to observe his relationship with God’s Word. Did he love God’s law?
Psalm 119:97 (CSB): “How I love your instruction! It is my meditation all day long.”
With this being the case, we can safely assume that the Lord loved it when David prayed. He loved it when David bowed his knees, closed his eyes, and lifted up his heart and voice in prayer.
Friend, do you love God’s Word? Do you read and study it? Do you work to make the necessary adjustments in your thinking and behavior when you realize that you aren’t in conformity to God’s Word?
If so, then spend time in prayer. God is looking forward to hearing from you, friend.
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Lord Jesus, I have to admit that I oftentimes look at prayer as a duty, a drudgery. It’s something I believe I’m supposed to do and feel guilty when I don’t do it. But, you see my prayers very differently. When I’m being transformed by Your Word, You love listening to my prayers. Help me to see my prayer time as You see it and find it more of a privilege to approach Your throne of grace. Thank You so much, Jesus, for being so gracious with me! Amen.