Summary: The truth is that there is no way you can pray correctly when you are not living aright
“He that turneth away His ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be an abomination” (Proverb 28:9)
“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous and His ears are open unto His cries” (Psalms 34:15)
“For the eyes of the Lord are intently watching all who live good lives, and he gives attention when they cry to him”. (TLB)
“The eyes of the Lord are on the upright, and his ears are open to their cry”.(BBE)
“God keeps an eye on his friends,his ears pick up every moan and groan”.(MBCL)
A crooked way cannot be straight at the sametime. A mind cannot partake in the Lord’s and devil’s table at the same time. The truth is that there is no way you can pray correctly when you are not living aright. When you are not at peace with God,you should not approach His presence boldly. God told Cain, “Why art thou wroth, and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?”(Genesis 4:6-7)
Sin takes man away from the presence of the Lord!
Sincere daily living quickens an answer to your prayer. So, there should be no way you will please the Lord with the words of your mouth when you live wrongly. What matters is not how long you pray but after the whole exercise,how do you live your life? Do you not know that God’s eyes are over the righteous while He dislikes the ways of the unrighteous.
The Word of God says;
“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous and His ears are open unto his prayers, but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil” (1 Peter 3:12)
Now, let us examine how St. Paul said that you, as a Christian should live your life.
“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God...Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication,uncleanness,inordinate affection,evil concupiscence,and covetousness which is idolatry....But now ye also put off all these ; anger,wrath,malice, blasphemy,filthy communication out of your mouth,lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds...”....Put on therefore as the elect of God,holy and beloved,bowels of mercies,kindness,humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering,forbearing one another and forgiving one another...And above all these things, put on charity(love) which is the bond of perfectness” (Colossians 3:3-14)
Christians should understand that prayer works in consonance with their daily lives, conducts, communications and practices. The way you live determines how God should answer your prayer. This may hinder or quicken the result. Your promotion and progress in your spiritual life becomes real when you learn how to live according to what the Lord said in His word. So, despising His law makes your prayer to be an abomination in His sight.
God is holy. He is God of holiness and also wants His children to be holy! (1 Peter 1:15-16)
God demands from you a life of honesty,sincerity,faithfulness,obedience,discipline and truthfulness in all manner of conversations. This includes sharing love towards one another which is the bond of perfectness.