Hear the word of the LORD,
you rulers of Sodom!
Give ear to the teaching of our God,
you people of Gomorrah!
“What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?
says the LORD;
I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
and the fat of fed beasts;
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
or of lambs, or of he-goats.
“When you come to appear before me,
who requires of you
this trampling of my courts?
Bring no more vain offerings;
incense is an abomination to me.
New moon and sabbath and the calling of assemblies—
I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.
Your new moons and your appointed feasts
my soul hates;
they have become a burden to me,
I am weary of bearing them.
When you spread forth your hands,
I will hide my eyes from you;
even though you make many prayers,
I will not listen;
your hands are full of blood.
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
remove the evil of your doings
from before my eyes;
cease to do evil,
learn to do good;
defend the fatherless,
plead for the widow. (Is 1:10–17).
Or, as Jesus puts it, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and not do what I say?”
Thoughts and prayers from people with no other power to effect change? Fine. God hears the sincere prayers of his little ones.
Thoughts and prayers from people with power to effect change but who doggedly refuse to do so? Jesus says to such people, “Depart from me, I never knew you!” No small part of the damnation of the impenitent ThinkerPrayer is that their scandalous witness causes God’s Name to be blasphemed among the Gentiles. Souls are lost when Christians give scandal.
Deeds, not words.