Micah 3:4 KJV
Then shall they cry unto the Lord,
but He will not hear them:
He will even hide his face from them at that time,
as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.
One day you will shout to the Lord for help, but he will not answer you. Instead, God will turn away from you at that time, because you have done those bad things.
At the time of judgment, which Micah takes for granted, so certain is it (compare Micah 2:3).
They cry . . . but He will not hear
Just as those oppressed by them had formerly cried, and they would not hear.
Their prayer shall be rejected, because it is the mere cry of nature for deliverance from pain, not that of repentance for deliverance from sin.
Ill in their doings
Men cannot expect to do ill and fare well.
The heads of the people, called to rule the people according to God’s right, are grossly abusing their office. Instead of seeking the good for the people, they are only looking for the good for themselves.
They enrich themselves at the expense of their subjects.
The people are treated as cattle for slaughter.
But … God’s judgment is coming.
And yes, then the leaders of the people will cry to God in dire need, but He will not answer them. Solomon already said: “Whoever turns his ear away from hearing the law, even his prayer will be an abomination …”!
Proverbs 28:9 KJV
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law,
even his prayer shall be abomination.
What a poignant lesson for you and me.
In Christ, God is the great Hearer of prayer. The God to whom we may present everything and in Whose hands we may give everything. Faith can never expect too much.
But woe to us if we take paths that displease the Lord, then heaven closes and there sounds that awesome word: “Then they will cry to the Lord, but he will not answer them”.
Is that perhaps why you too complain about unanswered prayers?
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