Hello. Is it right that if we cherish a sin in our heart, and we pray, that prayer doesn't get through to God?
Is that right?
What about if when we pray, we confess our sin, but we still have an addiction to something?
Say, drinking or smoking. Like, if I pray Lord, I know I'm a sinner. But I still feel the need to pray to you. I still need to pray to you because you are my hope. And I pray for something noble, like healing for another person. Or for someone to come to know Him.
Does God still hear that prayer? Does He still say yes, no or wait? Or does He not hear it because of my cherished sin?
Do cherished sins, (addictions) block the prayer from reaching God?
Or does He still hear it? But it's just that He doesn't answer it because of my cherished sin?
I admit I'm a sinner. I smite my chest and say it and daren't even look up to Heaven just like that Roman tax collector did (Luke 18:13).
And I know that is why Jesus came into the world and that He died for my sins. But I guess I don't know that in full enough as if I did and what it truly meant then I would stop sinning completely. And that gets me down too.
But I also know that I'm only human and I'm not perfect (although that feels like I'm making an excuse?)
And I know that it is through faith that I'm saved. Faith and grace not works.
But still, the question remains, does God hear and answer the prayer of a sinner. A sinner that believes (and I know He knows my heart) that prays for things for other people and not of himself (myself).
So really my question is, will God hear my prayer and still answer it (in His own wise way) even though I have a couple of addictions (vices) that I repeat from time to time?
Or are ALL prayers blocked when we have cherished sins in our heart?
Or am I not giving God enough credit for His grace?
I know that God is just and has to do things a certain way. The just and right way. I understand that. But I also know he's meant to be a God of love and loves us like a loving parent loves their children and wants the best for them.
But still, what is the answer here?
Can someone shine some light on to this one for me?
I want to pray for some people. My uncle who is currently receiving treatment for lymphoma cancer and some people in my past that I never got to tell about my faith. I just want to pray for them because I feel it's the right thing to do!
Thanks any and all.