For God to Hear Us
Psalm 66:18 says, “If I had known of any sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened to me.”
Harboring sin in our heart is dangerous!
The scripture here is teaching us, why we must constantly engage in purgatory act of cleansing our selves of any perceived misgivings in our heart based on our spiritual convictions; after mirroring our thoughts, and overall deeds with the mind of God as contained in the operational manual handed over to us by the Holy Spirit – the BIBLE.
We need not wait until there is a cataclysm and the need for prayer of breakthrough, deliverance, salvation etc before we earnestly seek the face of God for the forgiveness of our sins. It is of utmost importance to maintain a cleansed heart in the sight of God at all times. We must not keep any residual of misgivings in our heart; vent them as soon as you realize that you have done them.
In our text here, Psalm 66:18, the Psalmist affirms that God would not have answered his prayers if he is conscious of any sin for which he had not sought and obtained forgiveness! That is, if he harbors sin and/or the consciousness of sin in his heart!
Causes of the problem
Harboring sin in our hearts can happen for more than one reason. It could be either that we have contravened or violated a rule unknowingly; it may be as a result of not having the consciousness of the existence of the rules so broken.
A way out!
Praying to God to be able to overcome temptations all the time. To give us a new heart Ezekiel 36:26.
Staying close to the word of God. Joshua 1:8
But in all, as children of God, Christians are expected to receive an instantaneous prompt in there hearts, by the indwelling spirit of God, as to the occurrence of any attitude, thought, deed, utterances etc. that is displeasing to God.
After receiving the spiritual prompting by the Grace of the work of Calvary, the child of God is expected to admit that those displeasing acts and attitudes are bad in the sight of God and thank God for the way out in the atoning blood of the lamb – Jesus Christ.
1st John chapter 1 verse 9 tells us that if and when we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive us and clean us from all unrighteousness.
Keeping a clean heart is a basic requirement for answers to our prayer.