The Daily Prompt And Hindsight


The Daily Prompt has given us what I consider a huge challenge today!

Now that you’ve got some blogging experience under your belt, re-write your very first post.

Holy Cow! That was four and a half years and a whole different blog ago. Still I suppose certain truths are timeless even if most words are momentary.  I am choosing to rewrite my second blog since that was actually about something other than my personal story.

I remember the first piece of blogging advice I ever got. It was from my daughter… “Dad be brief.”

So in brief here it is:

Hearing And Listening:

God doesn’t listen to everyone. Does that shock you? I have to admit it jars me a little. No matter how disconcerting it might be, though, it is the truth.

There are  some people who think that as long as we pray to any god, rock, tree bush or lightbulb the real God will somehow hear and answer by proxy…. BUT…  The whole idea that it doesn’t matter who you believe in, only that you believe in something, is absolute drivel.

I do believe that God does hear every prayer that goes up  from the mouths of humans. But there is a grand bit of difference between His hearing and His listening. You don’t have to look very far in Scripture to find this truth:

God said these words to the prophet Jeremiah when the children of Israel had sinned grievously against Him. “Do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their distress.” Jeremiah 11:14 NIV


Peter warned the men of his day that there was a condition of heart which would stop their prayers dead cold. “Husbands in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” I Peter 3:7

More examples could be given but in this short space let me just say that God Hears every prayer but He only Listens to some of them. According to Scripture, the way you live affects how effective your prayer life is.

Now that is shocking!


Gosh I was a little flame thrower back then. Even edited this is a little “Ravenhillesque”. I am not sure I would write this piece today and honestly I cannot decide whether that is good or bad thing. It certainly has me thinking.

To view hindsight through other eyes go to:

4 thoughts on “The Daily Prompt And Hindsight

  1. You know, Pastor J I think it is important for people to know that not all prayers are “listened” to or answered because there are certain things in our lives that can block our prayers to the Father. Psalm 66:18 (NLT) If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. When I first became saved I truly did not realize just how many “little” sins I did as a non-believer and a new believer that I brushed off as nothing because I wasn’t hurting anyone so I thought. In hindsight, now that I’m a little more mature as a Christian I think this post is an important truth for many to know especially for new believers just as I was back then.

    • It is an important truth Deb! I had to soften the blow a little from the first writing and that is what I am struggling with. I never want to skirt the edge of being lukewarm or too milk toast to be effective.

  2. Ooh, that’s a great writing prompt! I still remember chatting with you about blogging and how excited you were about it! (I was still new to it at the time too). Now I can’t imagine NOT blogging!!! 🙂

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