Why should the Lord listen to you, if you cause yourself to sin?

Ezekiel Bible Background

11.16.2016 – Old Testament: Eze 14.1–3

To read the Bible in a year, read Ezekiel 13–15 on November 16, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Often it is not the devil leading us to sin, nor is it some person, but we do it to ourselves. If that be the case, why should the Lord listen to our prayers?

Now some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat before me. And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts, and put before them that which causes them to stumble into iniquity. Should I let Myself be inquired of at all by them?” (Ezekiel 14.1–3). 

We do not fool the Lord when we approach Him in prayer, acting as though we have not sinned. He knows our lives more intimately than we do.


  • Why do you tempt yourself?
  • Do you have any idols in your heart?

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