The Prayer of the Righteous

1 Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against who do evil.” (NKJV)

The word righteous in this scripture means the state of being right, or right conduct, judged whether by the divine standard, or according to human standard, or what is right. On the contrary, the Bible also declares that no one is righteous in the sight of God, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Evidently, no human effort or human ability is able to attain the righteousness of God. However, because of faith in Christ, man became righteous in the eyes of God.

As a born again believer, you are righteous in the eyes of God. It is the love of God, His mercy and grace that made you righteous. This righteousness, however, is not according to your own righteousness or not even according to any good things you have done, but it is according to what Christ has done on the cross and in His resurrection from the dead. Also, God has given you a measure of faith so you can able to respond to His invitation to His grace and to His righteousness. It is important for you to understand that even your faith does not come from you, but from God. It is through faith that you are made righteous in God.

Now that you know that you have been declared or made righteous in the eyes God, His ears are open to your prayers. God listen to your prayers now. You can rest assure that you can have what you ask for when you pray. During your prayer, you meet with the King of kings and the Lord of lords. In that meeting, God wants you to have an attitude of boldness in your heart, without any sense of guilt of unrighteousness or unworthiness. God wants you to put on the breastplate of righteousness when you meet with Him. God expects you in full gear at all times, because Jesus shed His blood for that priceless gear. Didn’t you know that Jesus is wearing His robed dipped in blood?

You need that boldness to claim your rights and privileges in the kingdom of God. You have to act like you own the kingdom of God because you are a child of God and co-heir of Christ. Let the devil fear your presence. Let the devil know that you are in charge. Do not act like a rookie. Act like a seasoned warrior of God. Tell the devil what to do, and do not allow him to say a word. That’s what Jesus had done. Jesus shut the devil up.

And when you enter into the presence of God with boldness in your heart, your prayer hour becomes a business hour with Him. God will listen to what you say, to your concerns, and to your issues, because you know what you are doing. In His presence, you lay down your plans, goals, desires, and burdens. At that prayer time, you don’t beg with Him, but you reason with Him according to His word, according to the new covenant.

One of the reasons God answer a prayer is faith. Faith in Him, that He is a giver and provider to those who diligently seek Him. The Bible declares that without faith, it is impossible to please God. Faith builds in your spirit as you continue to listen and hear what that word of God tells about you. The epistles were written through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is revealing through these letters your rights and privileges as a child of God. The moment you understand what you have become as a child of God, your faith becomes a powerful force in God’s creation.

Righteousness is who you are in Christ. You have become the righteousness of God in Christ. God will listen to your prayers if you know what you are doing.

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