If you have not repented for your sins nor accepted the free gift of salvation, which Jesus offered when He died on the cross, you have no relationship with God for powerful, effective prayer.
If you desire a powerful prayer life, you must first accept Jesus Christ into your heart as your Lord and Savior. Without a heart relationship with Christ as Lord of your life, your prayers will go unanswered.
That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness and with the mouth a person confesses, resulting in salvation. How then will they call on Him (God) in whom they have not believed?
—Romans 10:9–10, 142
To confess means to acknowledge our sinfulness and our need for the Savior. God wants us to have a repentant heart—a heart that desires to turn away from sin and live a life that is pleasing to Him. Having a powerful prayer life begins with a committed heart relationship with God, not just head knowledge. Even Satan and his demons believe in God. “…The demons also believe and shudder” (James 2:19).
Once our lives are covered by the blood of the cross, our sins are forgiven and we become children of God. We are promised an eternity in Heaven with Him, and on earth we receive 24-hour access to God through prayer.
We have a sinful nature. Even when we have accepted Christ as our Savior and have become a member of His family, we are still prone to sin. This inclination toward sin is something that we were born with because of Adam’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden.
Yes, we are covered by the blood of Jesus, but our sinful nature still shows itself at times in our words, thoughts, and actions. We need to be aware that these sins can negatively affect our prayers. This takes us to the second aspect of forgiveness that can infuse power into our prayers.
As Christians, we must confess our sins to God to keep the lines of communication open. Nothing will derail your prayer life more quickly than unconfessed sin. God is holy, and for Him to hear our prayers, we must come to Him with a pure heart. This point is made crystal clear to us in the book of Isaiah.
Behold the Lord’s hand is not so short that it cannot save nor is His ear so dull that He cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God. And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.
Unconfessed sin separates us from God. He is a holy God and hates sin. So when we continue in habitual sin, our prayers are not heard by God.
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