Does God Hear My Prayers? - Is Christianity for You

Why do we expect God to ignore our sinfulness? It's true that when we're saved, our sins are as far away as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). But because God cares about His children, God still cares about our sins. 

Our sins may be the reason your prayers are ineffective. James 5:16 says, "Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." This is a passage about the prayers of a Christian. So our confession of sin does impact God's inclination to answer prayer.

God always hears our prayers. God even hears the prayers of a non-believer, though He is not inclined to answer them (John 9:31).

Today if you feel like God isn't answer your prayers, ask yourself, "Is it because I am not God's child?" If so, turn from your sin and turn to Christ. Believe in Christ's death, burial, and resurrection.

If you are His child but have unconfessed sin, confess your sins today.

God is there. God cares. God listens.

Reflect: Read John 9:31; 1 Peter 3:12; Psalm66:18; Isaiah 59:2. What do these passages teach us about God? What do these passages teach us about people?

Respond:  How does this change your view of sin and your relationship with God? 

We look forward to your comments and questions below!

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2 years ago
Hi! Would you please show me the verse that will back up this statement?
God even hears the prayers of a non-believer,
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a year ago
A great question, Cheryl. Consider a verse like Psalm 139:4 "Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all." Or Hebrews 4:13 "And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do." God is not deaf to the prayers of the lost, but he is not under obligation or inclination to answer the prayers of His enemies. Does this help?