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Vol.  9  No. 9 September 2007  Page 18
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Ernest Underwood

A Moment of Reflection

A Time When God Will Not Hear

By Ernest S. Underwood

    In Proverbs 28:9 there is an interesting statement about God and man’s prayer: “One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.” Does this mean there actually can come a time when God refuses to hear the prayer of man? He, himself, tells us that this is true. When, though, will he refuse to hear a prayer? When one turns away from hearing God’s law? “Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded…Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me” (Proverbs 1:24-28).

    Today, we hear men urge others to “call upon the name of the Lord” by saying something they call “the sinners prayer.” Those who make those exhortations, and those who follow such pleas, have turned away from hearing God’s Word. Such a prayer will not be answered; it is an abomination to God. Listen to God through his Word; obey it from the heart. Then, he will hear your prayer.

Keeping the Heart

By Ernest S. Underwood

    In biblical terminology the heart and the mind or intellect are closely connected. If the heart is pure, the words, deeds and entire life will be pure. If we think on pure, honorable and lovely things, our life will become pure, honorable and lovely. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Each of us should emphasize the cleanliness of the inner life. This can be done as we meditate upon God’s Word.

    The coarse, vulgar and profane life does not make one “cool,” “manly” or whatever the other descriptions that the media gives to such speech and actions. It simply makes one coarse, vulgar, profane and stupid. One who cannot express himself without using such speech and actions needs to go back to school to learn the basics.

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