Morning devotion: Read Psalm 119

Psalms 119:149  ¶Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment.

When God hears prayer in His lovingkindness, he overlooks all the inadequacies of the prayer, he forgets the sinfulness of the praying one, and in compassionate love he grants the desire though the person praying is unworthy.

Not that we should pray to the Lord with unrepentant sin on our hearts. For the Lord tells us that we should make every attempt to be right with God before prayer.

Psalms 66:18  If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

Proverbs 28:9  ¶He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

1 John 1:8  ¶If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Proverbs 15:8  ¶The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

Never be so presumptuous as to think you are worthy and God must be obliged to hear your prayer, for no man is worthy apart from Jesus Christ. Without Jesus you nor I have no right to approach the throne of Grace for we unworthy.

Proverbs 15:29  ¶The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

He that prays with a heart that is right with God, even though he is unworthy, is accepted with God.

It is by God’s loving kindness that we are drawn to Christ, and by His lovingkindness we approach Him.

Jeremiah 31:3  The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

David had every right to pray to the Lord because he was of the Lord; he believed. The praying, born-again believer has every right to pray to his loving Father in the name of Jesus Christ his saviour.

If you are not a born-again believer, who do you pray to? John 6:68  Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook