A Critical Spirit
It seems, we have all done it. We say we love them and are friends of theirs and then criticize them, and a short time later pray for them. Or the opposites happens when we pray for someone and then ten minutes later we point a figure at them in anger and criticism. Can God really answer our prayer when we have such a spirit within our hearts.
Isaiah 58:9 is quick to point out “Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; You shall cry, and He will says ‘Here I am.'” If this was the entire verse it would appear God always hears us. But the last half of the verse says “If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness.”
Paul in Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Paul is inviting us to put away the finger pointing and condemning words and instead attain the fruit of the Spirit.
This means that our prayer should be that once I am really in Christ, I will not condemn because I myself am n o longer under condemnation. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him be saved” (John 3:17).