Proper Response to God


Be certain that you respond to the work of God—lest you experience hardness of heart.

Malachi 3

Malachi charges the Israelites with robbing God and refusing to acknowledge it.


The Israelites who returned to Jerusalem have grown comfortable, complacent, and arrogantly insensitive. Through His messenger Malachi, God confronts the Israelites with their complacency. He charges that the priests are despising His name and defiling His altar. God says He will no longer accept their offerings. He states that the Israelites have been wearisome to Him with their words. God asks them to return to Him. He reproaches them for robbing Him. The Israelites have hardened their hearts, and they no longer feel the pull of God in their lives. Be certain that you respond to the work of God—lest you experience hardness of heart.


Praise the Lord for enriching our lives when we follow Him:

Inasmuch as there is none like You, O Lord

(You are great, and Your name is great in might),

Who would not fear You, O King of the nations?

For this is Your rightful due,

For among all the wise men of the nations,

And in all their kingdoms,

There is none like You (Jeremiah 10:6-7).

Pray this confession to the Lord to keep your life free from sin:

Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord;

Lord, hear my voice!

Let Your ears be attentive

To the voice of my supplications.

If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,

O Lord, who could stand?

But there is forgiveness with You,

That You may be feared (Psalm 130:1-4).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to mind. 

Now pray this affirmation to the Lord:

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). 

As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:

  •     Growth as you pursue your full potential as a child of God
  •     The fulfillment of the Great Commission
  •     Your activities for the day

Offer this closing prayer to God:

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

Be acceptable in Your sight,

O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14).

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