An Attitude of Submission
He who turns away his ear from hearing the law [of God and man], even his prayer is an abomination, hateful and revolting [to God]. (PROVERBS 28:9)
Todayís verse says a startling thing about our prayers when we are not properly related to authority or if we are rebelliousóthat they are revolting to God.
We simply cannot grow up or mature without correction. If we are rebellious toward company rules, traffic laws, or toward any other form of authority, then we have more serious attitude problems than we might think. Being rebellious is something we need to be diligent to eliminate from our attitudes and behaviors! Why? Because if we refuse to submit to earthly authority, then we will not submit to Godís authority. That is disobedience and it will keep us from effective prayer.
God placed me in someone elseís ministry for several years before He allowed me to start my own. I had to learn how to come under authority. That was not easy for me. I did not always agree with the decisions that were made and I did not always feel I was treated fairly, but one of the lessons God taught me is that we are not ready to be in authority until we know how to come under authority.
You might want a pay raise or a promotion at work, yet you regularly gossip and say critical things about your boss. This is a form of rebellion and it can hinder your progress. Have a submissive attitude and you will see more answers to prayer and hear Godís voice more clearly.
Godís word for you today: Everything you are asked to do in life may not be fair, but in the end God always brings justice.