God Hears ALL Prayers
We read a lot of WELL MEANING people who try to encourage us by saying, “God hears all your prayers.” But as I read scripture I think that I fall into a different camp. You see, I believe that there are circumstances under which God does not always hear our prayers.
And if you’ll allow me. I’ll share with you two thoughts on this, and then in a 3 minute video below.
Or Maybe Not
Isaiah 1:15am (NIV)
When you spread out your hands in prayer,
I hide my eyes from you;
even when you offer many prayers,
I am not listening.
The idea in this part of the verse is simple, if we have sin in our life God isn’t interested in hearing our prayer. Ouch!
Deuteronomy 3:26 (NIV)
But because of you the Lord was angry with me and would not listen to me. “That is enough,” the Lord said. “Do not speak to me anymore about this matter.”
These have got to be some of the most sobering words in all of Scripture. God had already made it plain to Moses what His will was, relative to Moses going into the promised land, No!
And don’t let Moses’ comment, that it was the Israelite’s fault throw you. His sin, his action, had consequences.
But let me end with this. God WANTS US to know and pray His will. How do I know this? Because numerous times the Holy Spirit tells us this in Scripture. Let’s just look at one passage, okay?
1 John 5:14-15 (NIV)
14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
Let Your Fingers Do the Walking
Do you realize what this means? It means that you CAN know His will. So wrestle with the Lord until you have a sense of His will, and the best way to wrestle with Him is in His Word. An old commercial used to say, “Let your fingers do the walking.” And I would agree, walk through Scripture and let the Lord direct your steps.
On the video I tell you what this passage sounds like to most of us though. Listen to it, please.