Does God Answer the Prayers of the Unsaved or Unbelievers?

by Jack Wellman on May 21, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

Does God hear the prayers of the unbelievers?  Will He answer prayer requests of the unsaved?  If someone is not a Christian, will God still answer their prayer?  Is there any hope for God answering prayers for those who don’t believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior?

Praying in God’s Will 

It is clear from scripture that God not only hears prayers of His saints, but that He also answers their prayers.  God says to Christians that He will listen to your prayers.  He will also answer your prayers.   In fact, God tells the believer that they can come to His heavenly throne boldly and ask Him for help (Hebrews 4:16).  But our prayers must be in alliance with God’s own, perfect will (Matt. 26:39).  Sometimes the answer is no, at other times the answer is different from what we ask for because He knows what we need better than we do.  What we want and what we need is not the same thing.

God Hears and Answers the Believers

Luke 11:9-10 says that if it is His will we can “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”  Further, in Psalm 34:17 He says “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.”  In fact God tells His people to pour out our hearts to him, for God is our refuge (Psalm 62:8).

When God Doesn’t Answer a Christian’s Prayer

God will not answer the prayers of believers if they are living in unrepentant sin or fail to forgive others.  Matthew 6:12, 14-15 makes it plain that even a Christian’s prayer may not be heard as Jesus testifies by saying that we are to “…forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”  Therefore, a believer that is living in sin or fails to forgive others has their prayers blocked since they are out of fellowship with the Father.  They will never lose their relationships but continual sin can affect their fellowship.  If my children continue to be willfully disobedient, they must understand that I am not going to grant their requests since they are not doing what I ask them to do.  God will never answer the prayer of a Christian while they are regarding sin in their heart (Psalm 66:18).

Does God Hear Unbeliever’s Prayers?

Now let’s answer the question as to whether it does any good for someone who is not a Christian to pray to God and expect Him to hear and answer their prayers.  The Bible clearly says that God will not answer prayer requests of those who are not saved nor will He even listen to their prayers (John 9:31).  Believers have had their sins forgiven but those who are not Christian are separated from God by their sin (Isaiah 59:2).  I Peter 3:12 plainly says that God will hear a believer’s prayer but not those of the unsaved: “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Proverbs 1:26-29 speaks to everyone who does not believe in Him and gives a warning for those who don’t  that “…when disaster strikes you;  I will mock when calamity overtakes you— when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD.”

How Can You Be Heard By God Today?

With all the natural disasters in the world today, He is asking you today to come to Him and accept Jesus Christ as Lord.  Then He will hear and answer your prayer.  You can know for sure that your prayers make it to His ears and that He will answer you.  Psalm 17:6 gives you all the reassurance you need if you become a child of His that He will hear and He will answer your prayers: “I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.”  It is my hope and prayer that you will become a child of His today:

Admit you are a sinner and you are in need of forgiveness and that you repent of your own way.

Believe that Jesus Christ is the One and Only way and that He died for your sins and was raised from the dead.

Confess with your mouth and from your heart that Jesus is Lord and Savior and confess Him to others who are lost.

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Timothy November 6, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Excellent message brother.. Truly God’s acceptance is most important and final layer of our prayers which thereafter will make our wishes come true.. Jesus did the same by accepting even worse sinner like me and demonstrated HIS excellent power of transfiguration even in my life and believe me, It is messages like this one which encouraged me to pray and intercede in HIS presence till I got blessed abundantly.

Thanks a lot brother..!!

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Jack Wellman November 7, 2014 at 9:13 am

Thank you Timothy. Loved your website too. I appreciate your hunger for truth and what an encourager you are.

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Keiva Cooper November 15, 2014 at 5:01 pm

I would like to thank you for the insight, when it comes to struggling with prayer. I have a dilemma, I have been praying and fasting for guidance in a situation in my life. I just want to make the right decision please to the Lord. I want to please him but he won’t tell me what to do. What should I do? Have any answers?

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Jack Wellman November 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Thank you Mr. Cooper for your comment and question. I don’t know how to answer your question because I don’t know your situation. God does not speak audibly but does speak in His word. If what you want to do aligns with God’s will and the Word is His written will, then it should be fine. I would check out this article called “How to Find God’s Will in your Life” at this link: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-find-gods-will-in-your-life/ and have you spoken with your own pastor yet? That should be your first person to speak with. Have you talked to your pastor yet? If so, what did he say? If not, why not yet Mr. Cooper? I do know that many Bible verses tells us what the will of God is and until we do the revealed will, in the Word of God (i.e. Rom 12:2) then He will not reveal His secret will.

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rocky December 2, 2014 at 7:21 am

hey jack, i always wondered why is it that people who doesn’t pray nor believe in God often live a happy life and having everything they want and need…for example wealth,materialism etc.

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Jack Wellman December 2, 2014 at 7:39 am

Hello Rocky….what is a few years in this life of prosperity and enjoyment compared to all eternity in hell? In Psalm 73 Asaph divulges that he had struggled with a problem that is, most likely, common to us all. Asaph looked out at the world and saw that the wicked prosper! Psalm 73:3 “For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” Not only do the wicked prosper, “they increase in riches” (Psalm 73:12). God seems to blesses the wicked even though they are wicked. I labor for the Lord everyday and yet I do not have what this wicked man has. Modern vernacular would phrase Asaph’s quandary as: “Why does God allow bad things happen to good people?” or “Why does God allow bad people to prosper?” God will judge everyone based on what they have done! We should focus on ensuring that we do not squander what God has given us. Job 34:11 “For according to the work of a man he will repay him, and according to his ways he will make it befall him.” God is just and on the day of judgement will repay all of the evil that is done in this world.

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