I’m afraid many Christians have grown so hide-bound that their very thoughts of God and of salvation in Christ are word-oriented rather than life-oriented. Could that be why we think in terms of intellectual-based learning when it comes to the Bible?source
Will God hear your prayers if you don't confess your sins?
I'm thinking that the age old warning....if you don't confess your sin God will not hear your prayers.....is FALSE?
The verses that have been used to make such a claim are these:
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear mePsalm 66:18
We know that God does not hear sinners John 9:31
(the blind man was obviously referring to the teaching he had heard from the Pharisees based on the above verse)
The "confess" part has been lifted from 1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins ...1 John 1:9
Now, the simple fact of the matter is that what the blind man learned from the Pharisees was true: God does NOT hear sinners. Think this through. If God doesn't hear sinners then why do we think He will hear the prayers of sinners asking God to remove their sins? The problem is NOT "unconfessed sin" ... the problem is being a sinner!! If confession could make things right between sinners and God then there would have been no reason for Jesus to come and take our sins away, would there? Those who have been made the righteousness of God in Christ are no longer called sinners ... for the sin has been removed in Christ.
You know, this good news sounds gooder all the time!!