God invites all people to approach Him through prayer. “O You who hear prayer, To You all men come.” (Psalm 65:2) But He does not listen, or approve all the prayers. For example, the prayers of a man who mistreats his wife can be “hindered“. “7 Husbands, in the same way, be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” (1 Peter 3:7).
Also, when the Israelites continued to do what was wrong, God refused to hear their prayers. Thus, we understand that prayer is a great privilege. But God hears even the prayers of those who have committed grave sins if they repent.
How should we pray?
Prayer is part of our worship. So, we must pray only to God, our Creator – “10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” (Matthew 4:10) We are imperfect, therefore we must pray in the name of Jesus, because He died for our sins – “6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
God wants us to pray from the heart, not to repeat prayers written or memorized. “And when you pray, do not babble on like pagans, for they think that by their many words they will be heard.” (Matthew 6:7)
Our Creator hears even our silent prayers. He invites us to pray on every occasion, for example at the beginning and end of the day, at the table or when we face a problem. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22)
How can you get closer to God?
By meditating on what you learn from the Bible, you can get closer to God. So, think deeply about His actions, guidelines, and promises. Meditation in prayer increases your appreciation for God’s wisdom and love. “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (Joshua 1:8)
You can get closer to God only if you have the faith and trust in him. But faith is like a living creature that must be nurtured. Thus, make sure you permanently strengthening your faith, reminding yourself what underpins your convictions.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
Never lose faith. Godspeed.