“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:12 (NIV)
There is no escape – and that’s a good thing! We see so much promise in the first two lines of this scripture.He listens to our prayers and leads us to healthy decisions for whatever life challenges we’re facing (finances, relationships, sin, loss, love, opportunity, hurt, anger, etc.).
Nearly 100 scriptures talk about the commitment of praying. Some of these are “constantly” (Romans 12:12); “without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:7); “in everything” (Philippians 4:6); “whatever you do” (1 Corinthians 10:31); and many more.
In the first part of 1 Peter 3:12, we read “ …the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous …” We are the righteous. We have been made righteous by the grace of God. That is the miracle. But we must continually seek Him out through prayer if we desire to be holy and pure in our hearts. None of us want the Lord against us as He “…is against those who do evil.”
“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight …” Hebrews 4:13
We must stay connected to Christ every day, always. He must be the lens and the filter by which we interact with the world and each other. Part of that connection is fellowship – communication with one another and praying together. Learning to trust. Confessing and seeking forgiveness and redemption.
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