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Does God Hear Our Prayer?


God is omniscient and “hears” all things, but if we remain in rebellion to Him, clinging to sin, He will take no notice of our prayers. Here are two such verses (there are others): “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear” (Psalm 66:18).
“But your iniquities/sins have separated you from God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2).

The Scriptures tell us that He “resists” the proud and gives grace to the humble (see James 4:6). That is why a proud person can think there is no God: he believes that his prayers didn’t make it above the ceiling, and he is right. He needs to approach God in humility of heart sincerely. That way He will be attentive to his prayer.

Consider Isaiah 66:2: “For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist, says the Lord. ‘But on this one I will look on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.” God takes notice of the humble prayer. He forgives sin and reveals Himself (in salvation), only when there is “true” repentance and faith in Jesus. (See Proverbs 28:9)

For God does answer prayer for those who humble themselves before Him, and it is within that experience that we “know” God hears us.

“It has been said that the man with an experience is not at the mercy of the man with an argument.”

Thank you Lord, in revealed that truth!