November 1

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 13:1-14:17; Ezekiel 14:1-15:8; John 5:1-23

But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. Isaiah 59:2

When calamity strikes a person, his first reaction is to pray. It is said that there are no atheists in foxholes. When circumstances overwhelm us, we call out to God. And yet the Scriptures say that unless one is saved and has his sins forgiven, the heavens will be brass to his prayers. Repent. Confess your sins. Trust Christ for salvation. He died and paid the penalty for your sins. God will forgive and then the ear of heaven will be open to your prayers. —Donald L. Norbie

That rich atoning blood, Which sprinkled ‘round we see,
Provides for those who come to God, An all prevailing plea.
—John Newton