“Doesn’t seem petty, that Christians pray for little things, like for a healed ankle, when children are being captured and forced to become child soldiers in Africa?”
This was a tweet that I read a little bit ago that threw me off a little bit. This brought to mind the question of whose prayer does God answer?
First off, God hears all prayer. By his nature, he knows everything, including where you are right now, and through, Jesus, we have personal access to God. So anytime we pray, God hears us.
The Bible is also clear that God hears unbelievers prayers:
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.Romans 10:9-10
You can see in this passage that God listens to the prayer of the unbeliever. God also wants us to come to him with our needs
John 14:14 allegedly tells us that God will do anything that we ask if we ask in his name, so many people will use that passage to say that God will do whatever we ask that is good. This passage is taken out of context though as Jesus is talking about his disciples prayers, not ours.
So, once again we are at this question: Why doesn’t God answer all our prayers?
There are numerous reasons that God wouldn’t, but here are just two.
1.) Perhaps someone doesn’t have a personal relationship with God
2.) The prayer may go against God’s plan
The foundation of prayer is to acknowledge our sin and our need for Jesus, and with that our relationship with God begins
So will God answer all of our prayers if we check those boxes?
Not necessarily, God answers prayers according to his will, wisdom, love, and other traits. So why didn’t God answer a certain prayer that seems to have no contradiction to God’s will?
God has an eternal perspective, so we may see something that we think God knows is part of his will, but it may not actually be in his will.
God says however, to give all of your anxiety to him
Read what he says in 1 Peter:
Cast all of your anxiety on him, because he cars for you.1 Peter 5:7
That is big stuff. This verse has been put on my heart many times by God.
God says to walk by faith not by sight God is like a bridge, we don’t know how it holds cars up, but we have full trust that it does
God will answer the prayers of his children according to his will, we may not like the result, but we need to trust in him.
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