Does God hear all our prayers?

Does God hear all our prayers – the littlest to the biggest?

Well.. Yes and no.

We know God knows everything and nothing happens that God is unaware of. But… Usually when we speak of our prayers being heard, we mean “will God answer my prayers”.

We have to realize that everyone sins and falls short of the glory of God, earning death.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

And the quick answer before you protest “why would God allow horrible things in the world like sin?” Is found in Romans 5:21 ” so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Getting back to our topic…

Isaiah 59:2 tells us, “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.”

In fact John 9:32 flat out states God doesnt hear sinners, but listens to the prayers of those who do God’s will: “Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshiper of God, and does His will, him He hears.”

2 Corinthians 6:14 tells us the fellowship with God is broken when we sin:“For what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion has light with darkness?”.
1 John 1:6 confirms this, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him [God], and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.”

So what is the answer, the trick, to having God hear our prayers? We must seek the kingdom of God; we must seek the righteousness of God; we must trust and obey God.

Isaiah 55:6-7, “Seek you [all people—sinners] the LORD while He may be found, call you upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”

Once we change and humble ourselves, turning to God through faith in Christ, which is exemplified by changes in our lives, by obedience to God, God no longer refuses to hear our prayers because of our sins. 1 John 3:22 teaches, “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.”

But even then, once we trust Christ as our Lord and Savior, whether God answers our prayers the way we would like depends on a few things.

We must not be sinning; we must ask for what God would have us ask for – it must be in the will of God – and we must ask with the right motive.

James 4:1-3
1 What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.

1 John 5:14-15

14 This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

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