Book: Proverbs 15
“The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but delights in the prayers of the upright.”
The sacrifice of the wicked is selfish. The purpose of their “good will” is, at best, to make themselves feel better and at worst to try and impress others. On the other hand those whose heart is right with God desires to please Him by their faith and obedience (2 Corinthians 5:9) “So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him.” They therefore, know God and talk with Him through prayer which He enjoys.
You will remember back in Genesis 4, Cain and Abel brought their gifts (sacrifice) to the Lord. Abel was received and Cains was not. We find in Hebrews 11:4 the reason Abel’s offering was accepted was it was brought in faith. Cains offering was of his own doing. When it was rejected, instead of listening to God when He said, “You will be accepted if you do what is right… (Genesis 4:7) Cain chose to detest (reject) God’s truth. Cain chose to follow his own path which ultimately led to killing his brother and being cursed to live as a “homeless wander on the earth.” (Genesis 4:14) He could not humble himself before God. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”
Those who have humbled themselves before God and chosen His way will pray for what God desires. This delights Him. But if we read Psalm 37:4 we also see that when we delight in the Lord, “he will give you your heart’s desires.” We gain by agreeing with and delighting in God’s perspective instead of our own.
Take time to delight in the Lord by talking to Him in prayer. Thank Him for what He has done for you. Praise Him for who He is. And ask Him for the desires He has put on your heart!