God hears all prayers. However, He will only answer prayers offered to Him. He will not answer prayers offered to other gods. They have to answer for themselves. LOL.
Pray to the true God
If you are praying to the wrong God and believing in the wrong Jesus, don’t be surprised if there is no answer.
The true and living God of heaven is Jehovah God. He is the true and living God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is the One who gave us His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to provide us with the gift of eternal life. John 3:16 says,
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Jesus’ message of truth
Only the true and living God is alive and can give life. This is the reason Jesus came to earth as God manifested in the flesh. He came to give life.
In John 10:10, Jesus compares Himself to counterfeits and deceivers.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Jesus is truth
Jesus announced in John 14:6,
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
In John 17:3, Jesus said to His Father about Himself,
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”
First John 5:20 says,
“And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”
There is only one true God to believe in and to receive life from. There is only one God who has life to give, who can give life, and who will give life to others.
Jesus is God manifested in the flesh. First Timothy 3:16 says,
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”
Jesus is the true and living God that was given to us for the purpose of giving us eternal life. John 6:32 says,
“Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.”
The God of Israel is truth
The true and living God was spoken of by the prophets in Israel. Jeremiah 10:10 says,
“But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.”
Second Chronicles 15:3 says,
“Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.”
Anyone wanting the eternal life that the one and only true God offers must believe in the message of Jesus Christ. Jesus said in John 4:23,
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”
Pray to know the right God
John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
“I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me.”
Pray without sin
David said in Psalm 66:18,
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.”
If you doubt God or reject His will for your life, then God will reject you. He will not hear your prayers. You are your own god. You decide what you want to do, and you pray only to demand that God in heaven serve you by granting your requests. This is sin. And those who sin are sinners.
John 9:31 says,
“Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.”
Sinners do not care about God’s will. In fact, they fear God’s will. They do not trust God with their lives. They do not believe that God’s way is the best way for them. They prefer to live life to their liking. God will not grant their prayers.
Sinners do not know what to pray for. They do not know how to pray. Most do not know whom to pray to. They use prayer only as a means to possibly get something for themselves.
James 4:3 says,
“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”
God hears the prayers of those who know Him and pray to Him. He grants the prayers that are in accordance to His will. This is the reason it is important to desire God’s will rather than your own. All other prayers are ignored.
3 reasons God will not grant prayers
Though God answers all prayers directed to Him, there are three reasons God will not grant prayers:
1) The prayers are offered to fulfill selfish and sinful lusts;
2) The prayers are contrary to His will or would be contrary to saving the maximum number of souls;
3) The prayers require additional conditions of persistence and fasting.
Knowing these three reasons will help to avoid the mistake of applying one reason to all prayers that are denied.
When God says no to those who are faithful
It is possible to be faithful to God and still be denied your request. Jesus is a good example. While praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, He prayed,
“O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.” (Matthew 26:42)
His prayer was granted because He said that He ultimately wanted the will of His Father to be done. His Father’s will was done, and Jesus was crucified.
Jesus’ prayer shows what happens when there is a conflict between our request for personal desire and our request for God’s will to be done. When the requests are mutually exclusive, only one request can be granted. The request that fulfills God’s ultimate goal will be the request that is granted. The other request will be denied.
This happens all the time. The Apostle Paul asked God to remove affliction from his life, but God said no. In 2 Corinthians 12:8, Paul wrote,
“For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.”
God said no three times. If God denied Jesus and Paul their requests, then we should not be surprised when God says no to our requests. But we should also understand that, when God says no, it is not necessarily because we are in sin.
Prayers that God will hear
If you want God to hear your prayers, humble yourself to accept Him as your Lord and Savior. Accept His will for your way of life. Change your mind about living for yourself. Live for God, and do His will.
Prayers that are offered to fulfill personal lust and to achieve selfish gains will be ignored by God. That is how He answers such requests.
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