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Proverbs 28:9 If you refuse to hear God's word, your prayer becomes offensive to Him.

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Most people know the story of the man who was trapped on his roof during a flood and prayed for God to save him.  A couple of boats came by to give him a ride to safety, but he refused them saying, "God is going to help me!".  He also refused a lift from a helicopter for the same reason.  The floodwaters continued to rise until the man drowned.  When the man stood before God, he complained, "Lord, why didn't you save me?".  God replied, "I sent you two boats and a helicopter!"

This story is a little ridiculous, but when people turn away from hearing God's word they too are refusing rescue!  God sends His word to rescue people from the dangers of living in a perilous world, yet people refuse to listen!  In this age of technology, God's word has never been more accessible and easy to understand.  There are free apps that make it simple to discover what God has said about virtually any topic.  There are numerous bible-based channels and TV programs that are broadcasted 24-hours each day.  The sad truth is that after we refuse the boats and helicopters, prayer will not save us!  Your prayers will not be answered if you refuse to seek out and respond to God's word!  The good news is that no one has to be overcome by the floodwaters of life, we just need to listen.

Proverbs 24:11-12 A lack of concern and care for those in need is dangerous

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For several years I helped high school athletes attain scholarships and other aid for college.  By far, the most valuable information given to these young people had to do with character development.  This may seem strange, I always encouraged these athletes to find and help someone in need!  Not only does this help to produce self-esteem, but comes with many intangible benefits. Religious leaders in Jesus' day asked Him, "What is the greatest commandment?". Jesus' answer also included the second greatest commandment, "Love thy neighbor...".  When we refuse to consider and care for others, people may not notice it, BUT this proverb teaches us that God does.  This is good news for those who choose to help others in need and a warning for those who only pursue that which benefits themselves.

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