Will He hear YOUR prayer?
I CORINTHIANS 11:5
But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
I CORINTHIANS 11:13
Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?
Bro Branham has many times referred us to the above passages. Many times stating things such as “The Bible says it’s a common, sinful thing for a woman pray with her hair cut short. That’s right.”
None of us deny the truth of this. Many of us men hear that and start judging some sisters that trim or cut their hair in our heart.
I read a Scripture the other day that I felt was thought provoking and could apply to us men.
» 3 † Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?
» 4 † Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;
Here God is telling Ezekiel that he will not be enquired of by men that have idols in their hearts. Remember an idol isn’t just a fat little man molded out of gold or silver. An idol is anything we put before God. Not just in our deeds, but in our hearts.
Ask yourself if there are there things that you love more than God? What is your desire when you wake up in the morning? What are your hopes, aims, and dreams consisting of? Do they consist of worldly things or are they consisting of a desire to be closer to Him? To serve and adore Him more?
If you have desires that you are thinking on, and offer Him a really quick prayer, I wonder if He will be enquired of by you at all. Worse yet, He may answer you according to the multitude of your idols.
I don’t like the sound of that. Make sure your prayers are effectual – get rid of the idols.