God answer prayers?
Yes... BUT... God is not a genie who grants us whatever
a baseline we need to understand that God can answer any prayer He wishes to answer,
and answer it in any way He pleases. God is sovereign, meaning He does what He
sees fit to do. He answers to no one and what He does is always perfectly right.
God Answer The Prayers of Non-Believers?
The Bible is a book about God,
and it gives us some reason why God does not answer some prayers. Let's start
with the question, does God answer the prayers of unbelievers? The answer is in
Proverbs 1:24-25 describe the type of person being addressed:
I called and you refused,
I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;
you neglected all my counsel
And did not want my reproof;"
is someone who has rejected God, meaning someone who is not a true Christian.
Does God answer the prayers of this person? Verse 28 gives us the answer:
they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently but
they will not find me,"
God does not answers the prayers of those
who do not believe He exists. This includes those who believe in other Gods, such
as Muslims, Mormons, and Hindus, as well as those who do not believe in gods:
Buddhists, agnostics, and atheists.
God Does Not Answer The Prayers of
Those Who Are Disobeying Him
If I regard wickedness in my heart,
Lord will not hear - Psalm 66:18
But your iniquities have made a
separation between you and your God,
And your sins have hidden His face from
you so that He does not hear.- Isaiah 59:2
He who turns away his
ear from listening to the law,
Even his prayer is an abomination. - Proverbs
Since every non-believer is disobeying God's command to repent and
believe, these verses further demonstrate that God does not answer the prayers
of non-Christians. However, there are Christians who, at times, are willfully
not obeying God. And God does not hear their prayers.
God Does Not Answer
Those Who Pray With Selfish Motives
You ask and do not receive,
because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.
- James 4:3
He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor, will also cry
himself and not be answered. - Proverbs 21:13
God Can Answer Prayers
In Unexpected Ways
We also know that God sometimes answers prayers with
a "no." He may also answer prayers in ways we had not considered, and
His timing for aswering our prayers may not be the timing we desire. In addition,
while the above gives us some rules of thumb showing situations in which it is
highly unlikely God will answer a prayer, there may be times when God makes an
exception and answers the prayer of a non-believer.
more online: Does God Answer the Prayers of Unbelievers?
Lord, Teach Me To Pray - John MacArthur
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