If I Regard Iniquity In My Heart, The Lord Will Not Hear

You have likely heard things like “God loves the sinner but hates the sin“, and that in order to be saved all one needs to do is say “the sinner’s prayer”. So then, we can conclude that God loves the sinner and if  a sinful person was to pray to God, then God would answer. Today’s Bible or Not quote is a Bible verse from the book of Psalms.

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear”. – Psalm 66:18 NKJV

We have a dilemma now, don’t we? According to the psalmist, a person with a sinful heart – i.e. a sinner – will not be heard by God. So which is it? Does God hear the prayer of a sinner or not?

I’ll leave the answer to our readers today – please add your opinion to Comments.


If I Regard Iniquity In My Heart, The Lord Will Not Hear — 5 Comments

  1. A repentant heart is one that does NOT regard iniquity. Presuming the “sinner’s prayer” is one that asks forgiveness and recognizing the wrongfulness of sin, then the “regarding” or in this case I’m supposing a translation of “respecting” or “valuing,” then that would allow for this contrast.

  2. Nicely put, I would agree. The moment one turns their heart to God, i.e., “believe in the Lord Jesus Christ”, the next step is repenting of their sins, i.e., no longer regarding iniquity. But this does not mean the person is no longer susceptible to sin, it just means their desire is not to sin. A heart that does not regard iniquity is a heart that strives to be obedient to God and allows Him to change the heart and life of the saved.

  3. I agree with the two comments already posted. But i’m always wondering if i really did repent or if i still regard iniquity. I seem to end up repeating the same sins over and over again even though i wish it wasn’t that way with me. I can’t seem to control my sinning even though i know it’s wrong and feel bad after i do it. So if i never change – except in my own agreement that my sin is bad and i don’t want to do it anymore – does that mean i never really repented. If so then God have mercy on me because apparently by that criteria i seem to be incapable of repentence. God change my wicked heart!

  4. All the people that commented, speak’s well. Let me added this: you may count yourself righteous, but the word of God says you are not free from Sin. Sin includes Fornication, Adultery, Back-biting, Murder, Anger, Strife, Cheating, Cursing, Covetousness, Hatred, Lying, Stealing, Pride e.t.c. Are you FREE from all these? Remember, at the bus-stop when someone mistakenly stepped on your toes? What did you say. Do you boast of your beauty, education, family background, post in Church, Success, marital possessions e.t.c. “Pride goeth before a destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverb16:18).

  5. If someone is living with iniquity in his heart, is he saved to begin with? Like Ken said, A repentant heart is one that does NOT regard iniquity. God loves all of His children. The only prayer He hears from a non believer is the sinners prayer and at that point becomes Saved and cannot regard iniquity in the heart. Noone one is perfect and we do sin but God starts a cleansing process and a transformation begins.

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