When you spread out your hands,
I will hide my eyes from you;
even though you make many prayers,
I will not listen;
your hands are full of blood.
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
cease to do evil,
learn to do good;
bring justice to the fatherless,
plead the widow’s cause.
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.
Sin disrupts our communication with the Lord. This is one of the reasons why some of our prayers were left unanswered. He said “Though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.” Recall that when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and found out they were naked, they hide themselves from God. God asked them where are they because they were ashamed they covered themselves and opted not to show themselves to God. This is how sin hinders our relationship with the Lord.
What then shall we do? Isn’t it that we are all sinners? If that is so, God would not listen to our prayers! Here is the thing, God is faithful and just to forgive us. Mothers always prohibit their children to eat when their hands are dirty so kids must wash hands first before facing the dining table. It is comparable to transgressions. Before we ask God to grant our requests, we should ask first His forgiveness wholeheartedly. Learn from your mistakes and strive not to do the same sin again. Walk in spirit and choose to do good.
With sincerity and willingness, God can change us. He can purify us if we only allow Him to. He can turn out our dirty hearts into snowy white and He forgets whatever iniquity that we had committed. Why wait for tomorrow to come before we ask for forgiveness when we do it now? Life is too short, tomorrow might be too late.