Righteous = ?

“The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.” Proverbs 15.29

If you walk into a Christian book store, you can find a whole section dedicated to “prayer.” Andrew Murray has written some classics on prayer. While reading books ABOUT prayer can be a great help to us, Solomon summarizes the chief requirement for God to hear our prayers. “He hears the prayer of the righteous.” This word “righteous is used 208 times in the KJV. Psalm 1.5 talks about the “way” of the righteous. Psalm 37.25 says: “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” One of my favorite references to the righteous is found a little earlier in this chapter of Proverbs 15.19: “The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.” So can we assume that one who is righteous has had a heart change that can only come from God? I think so. Why is is then that so many of God’s children live as though they have never had such a heart change? If I want God to hear me when I cry out in desperation, or even in a time when things are somewhat calm, He needs to see my heart change in action. Anyone can put on an air of spiritual sophistication, but that is only a surface change. Scripture says that “man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16.7). It really doesn’t matter how others see us, if our heart is allowing God to show His righteousness through us. Just remember, “He hears the prayer of the righteous. Just my thoughts …


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