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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Emma Bail May 25, 2011 at 2:13 am

What a beautiful post…Just love it..Thanks for sharing such a nice post with us.You very beautifully explains all the answers of questions about prayers.This will shows that prayer has the power to change the world.I specially like the part of “Praying in God’s Will”.It is really true that God knows better that what things we really need than what we want.He is always with us.He can hear the prayers in our Heart and answers those prayers.The God’s door will be opened for us always….

Blessings…
Emma

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Jack Wellman May 31, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Emma, what a fine statement of God’s grace. Like a father or a mother, they listen to their children and how much more attentive and quick to listen is God Almighty to our petitions. Well said. Thank you so much.

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Emma Bail June 1, 2011 at 4:42 am

Thank you so much jack for such a nice reply..look forward more beautiful post from you…take care….

God bless u always…..
Emma

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duron davis September 30, 2011 at 9:25 am

Hi, My website is down for work at the moment. The verses you use to corroborate the thesis simply don’t provide support. They do show that at times, God will not answer prayers (or accept praise, music & worship) from those who are disobedient. His “not hearing” is usually a response to specific rebellious acts in these Scriptures. Fact is, in religions around the world, you get the same testimonies of answered prayer you get from Christians. Finally, His “not hearing” a sinner (or a Christian) carries a meaning of “not choosing to answer” … not that He doesn’t or can’t hear.

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Jack September 30, 2011 at 10:13 am

Thank you Duron for visiting the website. Psalm 66:18 seems to support this idea of even believers prayers not being effectual while they are be disobedient in Psalm 66:18 “If I had harbored sin in my heart, the sovereign Master would not have listened. If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear.” Another translation puts it this way, “”If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear” (Psalms 66:18) Further,

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2)

“One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be an abomination” (Proverbs 28:9) These are very strong words and make the point that we do not come to God in disobedience. The prayers of the disobedient are an abomination to God.

“And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight”. (1 John 3:22) If we obey God then He will answer our prayers.

“Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.” (John 9:31)

Finally, here from the wisdom literature of Solomon.

Proverbs 1:23-33 “Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.
But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh 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.Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;but whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

I hope these Scriptures are more clear Duron and do support the idea that God does not answer prayers if a believer is living in willful sin or disobedience and that would obviously mean He will not hear a non-believer. Thank you for your comment and visiting us.

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ed gaerlan October 4, 2011 at 3:24 am

Dear Pastor Jack,

There are some catholics who are praying to idols as they are rampant in the philippines, and profess their prayers are answered. Can you help me with a biblical resource to address this falsehood?

thanks,

ed

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Jack October 4, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Dear Ed, thank you sir for commenting and visiting our site. We appreciate you and your question is a good one. First of all, forgive my late response. I apologize for that as I work also as well as pastor a church.

Regarding your question about finding a biblical resource about the falsehood of Catholics praying to idols, I understand what you are saying. I wrote an article about whether Catholics are Christian or not and whether they are saved. You might want to read this article and let me know what you think. Here is the article: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/are-catholics-saved-and-are-they-christians/

Let me say that even those who are from evangelical Christian churches have idols that they worship. For some it is football, for others it is money, while others it is their own indulgences of the flesh, e.g. food. We ALL have broken the Ten Commandments but Jesus Christ is able to save us regardless of our sins. No Christian, and no Catholic is perfect but we are perfectly forgiven and made perfect in Jesus. I venture to say that many non-Catholics have issues too. Maybe not praying to idols, which, yes, the Bible forbids: Exodus 20:3,4 Isaiah 44:9-12 Isaiah 37:19 Isaiah 30:22 Habakkuk 2:18 Leviticus 26:1 and many others. But also realize this that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). As Charles Spurgeon said, ““If any man sin, we have an advocate.” Yes, though we sin, we have him still. John does not say, “If any man sin he has forfeited his advocate,” but “we have an advocate,” sinners though we are. All the sin that a believer ever did, or can be allowed to commit, cannot destroy his interest in the Lord Jesus Christ, as his advocate.” We are all still going to sin (read Romans 6 and 7). “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”—1 John 1:8. So no one is perfect and yes the Bibles says that we should not pray to idols but idols come in all shapes and sizes and only God can see the heart and know for sure whether a person is saved or not.

I hope this helps. Please keep in touch and see if I have answered your question completely. God bless you Ed and thank you so much sir.

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Emily August 6, 2012 at 11:40 am

I thought at one point that Catholic worshipped idols, but it is not so. You can check this out if you’d like:

http://www.catholic.com/tracts/do-catholics-worship-statues

Also, we do not pray TO saints, but WITH saints. It’s like me and you praying together, or a church group or something. Except the saints are in heaven and have a great relationship with God, and so are great at interceding for us. Just like a pastor would pray for a kid in his church, we ask the saints to pray for us. We call Mary “blessed” because she says “All generations will call me blessed” (Luke 1:48) and the angel said to her, “Mary, full of grace” (Luke 1:28) which had never been uttered before in the bible or in spoken word. If you are completely full of grace, you are sinless. So she is perfectly with God, and an awesome person to ask to pray for you(:

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Oliver October 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Emily, you don’t need saints to pray with you

1 Timothy 2:5 King James Version (KJV)

5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

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Emily October 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm

You are completely right. I can talk to God and Jesus any time of the day, and Jesus is the only reason I can do this. Personal prayer is very important, as you say. But I think it’s also important to have community prayer, like with your friends or at your church. “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20. I’d love to have my friends include very holy men and women who really know what true prayer is. They bring me closer to God like a very spiritual friend or pastor does(:

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Jack Wellman October 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I so agree Emily. It is important to have a community of saints praying together for Paul wrote to pray always and pray without ceasing and he asked for the church’s prayers for him and so you are so right, we need to be praying corporately as the Body of Christ, the church, as the prayers of the saints go upward together.

Thomas October 23, 2011 at 8:21 am

I. Can any gender preach the Gospel? We have such a grand scriptural debate within our denominations on whether a particular gender should be allowed to preach.
II. Do we have the gift of speaking in tongues today?

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Jack October 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Thomas, thank you my friend. As for question one, let’s go to the Bible. My own opinion is not important. The Word of God IS and is without error, therefore let me find answers from it and not from my own perspective.

“11 Let a woman learn in silence, in all subjection. 12 And I do not allow a woman to teach nor to exercise authority [over] a man, but to be in silence.” (1Ti 2:11-12 LIT)

Let your women be silent in the churches, for it is not allowed to them to speak, but to be in subjection, as also the Law says. 35 But if they desire to learn anything, let them question their husbands at home; for it is a shame for a woman to speak in a church. 36 Or did the Word of God go out from you? Or did it reach only to you?” (1Cor. 14:34-36)

“But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” (1Co 11:3)

Titus 1:6-9 talks about the qualifications of a pastor, ” if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. 7 For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”

I TIm 3:1-7 “Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[a] respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.”

Here the qualifications refer to “HE” or to the male gender and to clarify that, it talks about his family and how his wife ought to be. I know it will not be popular but as the saying goes, “It is not always right to be popular and it is not always popular to be right.”

Now, on the gift of speaking in tongues, please read this and see what you think: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-is-speaking-in-tongues-a-biblical-analysis/

Thank you again Thomas. I appreciate your questions. I believe in using the Bible as a guide and not my own thinking. I hope it has helped.

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Jennifer March 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Since the woman is to remain silent (1 Cor. 14:34-36), is it acceptable for her to vocally praise God, say “amen/hallelujah” in church during a sermon in agreement to the preaching,worship, etc? Or are these scriptures speaking to women not teaching men?
I agree that women are not to be over men in any leadership or teaching roles, but now I am unsure of whether I should be vocal at all, especially during the preaching/corperate worship/Sunday.

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Lois February 28, 2014 at 9:52 pm

I do not believe that women are to be silent and not preach or teach in the church. Paul also says that in Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave or free, MALE or FEMALE. We are all one in Christ, and we are all parts of the same body. As a seminary student studying for pastoral ministry, as CALLED BY GOD, I cannot and will never agree with the attitude that women are to be totally submissive and silent. I am assuming, then, that there is no member of your church that is divorced and remarried – because scripture says they are committing adultery. There are some statements in scripture that are contextual to the society of the time in which they were written – in the Christian church, women are no longer property without rights.

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Jack Wellman March 1, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Thank you Lois for your comment. Paul’s statement, in the proper context, has nothing to do with who can and who cannot pastor a church Lois. That “neither male nor female” strictly is speaking about salvation and not the pastoral leadership. Just because you are a seminary student doesn’t mean you can say “I believe” and put that above what the Bible teaches. If you say that “it was contextual to the society of the time” then what else is no longer in effect today? Where do you draw the line? The Word of God does not change with time and society. By the way, women had property rights in the New Testament as many widowed women there had land and money and supported the church. What does having a member in the church being divorced or remarried have to do with women pastors? I guess I just don’t get it.

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rudy January 17, 2012 at 12:56 am

once i was living in a shelter and these three guys wanted to say a prayer for me while holding hands and the second it ended i received a phone call from my ex that she was leaving the county and taking my kids faraway and that they didnt need a father. i was devastated in my heart but i wouldnt let it show because everybody wasnt right with god this i knew and i never let it put dought in me for god but i always wondered where i should have been with it

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Jennifer March 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Since the woman is to remain silent (1 Cor. 14:34-36), is it acceptable for her to vocally praise God, say “amen/hallelujah” in church during a sermon in agreement to the preaching,worship, etc? Or are these scriptures speaking to women not teaching men?
I agree that women are not to be over men in any leadership or teaching roles, but now I am unsure of whether I should be vocal at all, especially during the preaching/corperate worship/Sunday.

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rudy January 17, 2012 at 12:58 am

why dont people follow the ten commandments???

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Jack January 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Rudy, this is a very good question. I also enjoyed your last comment. It sounds like you have been thru so very much heartache and difficulties. I am glad thru all you went thru you still did not doubt God. That shows you have strong faith and I admire your courage. God bless you. As for why people don’t follow the Ten Commandments, that is a great question. When we break God’s laws, they tend to break us. I strive to obey these but I know I fall short. Please return and visit us and comment again Rudy. May God be with you in your walk with Christ.

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Isn January 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

I am not a christian, still I do believe in god. I do pray him for everything I want I need and I’ve gotten what I asked. but I’m not sure he heard me or not? Does he hear me when I pray him? Let’s say yes, but how I mean there may be a lot of Christian prayers at the same time when I am praying, asking for something. What I mean is I am not even Christian prayer and lot of Christian prayer pray at the same time how would he listen to me? Can you answer me please
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Jack January 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Hello Isn. Please forgive me for responding so late to this very important question. God is all powerful and He is omniscient (He knows everything), omnipresent (He is everywhere at the same time), and omnipotent (means He is all powerful). My wife can multi-task, being a teacher, she can do about 3 to 4 things at once. I can not. No way, but God can hear millions of prayers all at the same time because He is not limited by space or time. God is all powerful and knows everything that everyone even thinks. The Bible says, not me, that God will hear your prayers perhaps at best, but if you are not a believe in Jesus Christ; that is unless you have placed your trust in Him, believe that He is sinless, He died for you, that you can inherit eternal life by believing in Him or having faith in Him, if you don’t do any of these things, then you are not going to have an answer to your prayers. God hears those who He forgives but He will not answer any persons prayers who is not a believer in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Savior. That is NOT my opinion, but what God says in the Bible.

I pray you will click on the “Come to Jesus” link at the top and place your faith in Jesus Christ today and then I guarantee that God will not only hear your prayers, but answer them. He may not give you what you want…but He will always give you what you need. If you think He is answering your prayers and you are not a Christian, then this is only an accident.

Please believe in Jesus today or your destiny is hell and to be separated from God forever and ever in eternal hell fire (so says the Bible, not me).

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Barbara January 29, 2012 at 5:57 pm

So does God not hear or answer the prayers of young children that are prayed before they are saved? And if not, why do we tell our young children to pray / that God will hear and answer their prayers?

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Jack Wellman January 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Great question Barbara. Children are not at the age of accountability yet so God does hear and will answer there prayers. If someone is an adult, then they are fully responsible for not believing in Jesus Christ and God will not answer their prayers. Yes, tell your children to pray because they are not at the age of accountability yet and so God will hear them. Thank you so much for visiting us and for such a great question. I do hope this helped.

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Josh February 1, 2012 at 8:56 am

This is something I have been dealing with…

What about telling children, who may be at the age of accountability or not, that God will not hear their prayers until they pray the “prayer of salvation”?

Let me give you some context, these children are unchurched and have little knowledge of scripture. While they don’t know much about God, they do see the need for God in their disfunctional families and so they desire to pray to God on behalf of their families.

Here’s my problem, I see this as a form of manipulation to get children to “pray the prayer” and then that’s that. They have been told, “I know you want to pray for your mom but God cannot hear your prayer until you pray the prayer of salvation.” Help?!

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Jack February 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Josh, what a heartfelt comment. Thank you so much for caring for these precious ones. This is so good. I agree that they should not be just “praying the prayer”. You are so correct, this is a type of manipulation. I believe God will honor these prayers, whether they are at the age of accountability or not. The Bible doesn’t say when the age of accountability actually is, so we don’t really know. God alone knows this. The very fact that they “desire to pray to God on behalf of their families” I believe gives strong indication to me that God will hear and answer their prayers. For them to see the need for God in their families is strong evidence to me that God will hear them for sure.

“Praying the sinners prayer” never saved anyone, nor does repeating a prayer, filling out a card at a revival, or walking down an aisle to come to the altar. It is about believing on Jesus and trusting Him to save them, placing their saving faith in the Redeemer Who alone has born their sins. Please, please, let me know what you think and if I answered your question well enough and I thank God for men like you Josh that care so deeply about these precious children and their dysfunctional families. What a godly thing to do friend. I will pray with them and please join me to in praying for these families that they might know that they need God and that God is willing and able to make them His own.

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Noman February 26, 2012 at 2:07 am

I am not christian but even then whatever I ask from GOD, he fulfills my prayers if they are in my favour and does not fulfill which is not in my favour. However in above article you ppl saying if someone is not christian then GOD does not listen to its prayers.

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Jack February 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Hello Norman. Thank you sir for your comment and visiting the website.

If you read the comments and then the article, no one is saying this if the Bible is not. If I say it I agree with what the Bible says, if it is only my opinion, then I am no better than a talk show host whose opinion can be wrong. The Bible, not people nor me, clearly says that God is the One Who says that He 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.”

Since you say you are not a Christian, this is of most concern to you: Revelation 20:12.

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Borellus February 28, 2012 at 10:52 pm

This article is a bit incorrect

God answers the prayers of all: he answers the prayers of Christians, of Muslims, of Jews, of Buddhists, of the Daoists, of the Athiests; in short, God hears and answers the prayers of all mankind. He is not biased nor selective: has he not appeared to different cultures in different guises to teach the same message? He is YHWH to the Jews and Christians, Allah to the Muslims, Shangdi to the Chinese, the Brahman to the Hindus, the Waheguru to the Sikhs, the Dharmakaya to the Buddhists.

God hears the prayers of the sinners and believers, as does his Celestial Court of the saints and the Queen of Heaven, Mary. He may not always grant our prayers, but he listens to them and hears the plight of Man, we who are all his children. He – the Father of us all – does not treat any one of us any more specially than the other, we all being sons and daughters to him.

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Jack February 29, 2012 at 2:42 pm

One note to you Borellus, but first, thank you for your comment and for visiting the website. This article is not incorrect. You can be and I can be incorrect, but the Bible is without error and I am quoting the Word of God, not some talk show host. This is based upon God’s opinion not on human, fallible thinking. If you disagree, then you disagree with the Bible, not me. So you are saying that God hears the prayers of all mankind.

You have said that “God answers the prayers of all: he answers the prayers of Christians, of Muslims, of Jews, of Buddhists, of the Daoists, of the Athiests; in short, God hears and answers the prayers of all mankind.” Really!? He answers the prayers of mass murderers, of someone like Hitler and Stalin who killed millions? You have created your own God which is breaking the 2nd Commandment…you have created a false God. What is your authority of quoting that God is “the Father of us all?”

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Ads August 29, 2012 at 10:57 pm

First of all, I believe the Bible is truth and the Word of God. I am a Christian. I believe we are saved by grace alone, and there isn’t anything man alone can do about it. I feel like I need to say something about this reply though. While you are correct about the bible being truth and the only way to God is through His son, I do not agree about what you said who He answers prayers to. God loves us all, and if we repented, we are forgiven. If a serial killer is dying and decides last minute to put his faith in Jesus, wouldn’t he be saved? And what if Hitler asked for forgiveness? Doesn’t God forgive all sins? Isn’t that what the story of the prodigal son was about? I think even if you do not follow God your entire life, you can repent and turn to the Lord late in life.

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Rothepro March 24, 2012 at 4:59 am

I do not agree with the views expressed in this article. It sounds very insular to me. Yes, one is saved through Jesus Christ but even those who call on His Name and do not obey Him are cast into the fire.

Also, there are people who are technically unbelievers (wh have not had a chance to hear the Gospel accurately) because let’s face it there are 1000s of denominations and every so called Christian has his own take on the Bible. how is an unbeliever to decide what to believe? It also clearly states in which epistle (Peter?) I don’t know that some people have the Law of God written on their herats and even if they never hear the Name of Jesus but follow what they believe to be the best with the best of their ability, God will consider them. Do not forget what is impossible with men is possible for God. They may even be saved after death through revelation.

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Jack March 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Thank you Rothepro for your comment. I tried to find the Scripture that backs up what you said, “even if they never hear the Name of Jesus but follow what they believe to be the best with the best of their ability, God will consider them” and there is no such Scripture. The Scripture you are mentioning about the Law of God written on their hearts is in Romans 2 “12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) 16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

A believe decides what is true by what the Bible says (Rom 10:9-13) not by what churches teach. God will not consider anyone who does not place their faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12) and you said “even if they never hear the Name of Jesus but follow what they believe to be the best with their best of their ability” is works oriented and no one is ever going to be saved by works. What you said is not found in the Bible.

This is not my opinion but from the Word of God which is without error.

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carl March 27, 2012 at 9:19 am

Thank you for your website. I used it in preparation for my Bible study on prayer. However if your argument that God does not hear or answer the prayer of the unsaved is the best that can be made, I can conclude He does hear and may sometimes affirmatively answer their prayers.

God is not compelled to affirmatively answer any pray, those of a saint or a sinner. To claim He is makes Him less than He is, a tool of the petitioner.

That He does not answer affirmatively in any case does not mean He did not hear, but that in His sovereignty He chose to not grant the petition.

That He does answer is a result of His grace, love, and mercy, things He shows to sinners at times as well as saints. Matt. 5:45 Is it not out of His grace, love, and mercy that He holds back His righteous anger from us when we were sinners, and when we sin even after salvation?

The strongest verse you give to support that He does not hear the prayers of the unsaved is John 9:31. The problem with that verse is the speaker. The blind man is answering the Pharisees from his knowledge and speaking to their convictions. “There is no God” is scripture, but it is the fool that said it. All scripture has to be put in context, and the speaker is a large part of context.

God may grant the prayer of the sinner or the unsaved if it brings Him glory and serves His purpose. If we believe He does not affirmatively answer the prayers of sinners sometimes, then it is almost completely futile for any of us to pray, ever. To say He cannot hear their prayers is to tie His hands (His options) to the sinner just as others would tie His options to the saints. In His sovereignty He is bigger than either.

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Jack March 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Carl, thank you sir for your comment. You said, “If we believe He does not affirmatively answer the prayers of sinners sometimes, then it is almost completely futile for any of us to pray, ever.” This is not what I said. I said that God does not answer the prayers of those who are unsaved not sinners because that is all of us, me and you included. What Scriptures can you provide that show that He answers the prayers of the unsaved, which is what I said not prayers of sinners, as you said. What support is there in the Bible for this. It is not what you or I believe, but what the Word of God says. We can be in error but God’s Word is never wrong.

Neither did I say that God is compelled to answer our prayers or any prayer. I never said that in this article. I am not sure why you said that.

You also wrote, “However if your argument that God does not hear or answer the prayer of the unsaved is the best that can be made, I can conclude He does hear and may sometimes affirmatively answer their prayers.” It is not what we conclude or what our arguments are but what God says in His Word. You can conclude all you want but if it is not confirmed in Scripture, it is not authoritative.

What do you make of John 9:31 then?
Or 1 Peter 3:12?
And Proverbs 1:26-29?
Do these Scriptures agree with your saying that He might choose to hear the prayers of the unsaved (not the sinner because we are all sinners)?

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Lauren April 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I need someone to answer there phone really soon.

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Lauren April 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm

so i need a preayer

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Jack April 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I hope God answers your prayer request soon Lauren. I will join you in prayer in your behalf and using the most powerful name there is, Jesus Christ.

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Toi April 6, 2012 at 11:26 am

What do you make of this? Acts 10 (Cornelius Calls for Peter)

1 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2 He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. 3 One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”

4 Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked.

The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. 5 Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. 6 He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.”

7 When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants. 8 He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa.

This man was not saved but he feared God and worshiped him? We can see that God:
1) Heard the prayer of an unsaved person ( was not a sinner)
2) Listened to the prayer of an unsaved believer of God
3) He accepted the gifts and offerings of the unsaved person
4) He granted the unsaved person’s prayer request
5) He arranged for him to be saved

We can conclude that God can hear and answer a prayer of an unsaved person provided they are genuine believers of God and fear him. He certainly does not want them to remain unsaved that is why he quickly arranged for salvation and the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Therefore, if any one has not rejected Jesus Christ, he can worship God and offer prayers and sacrifices to him and be accepted as the scripture says, No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:44). But then the scriture also says, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6). So the process start by seeking God in prayer and when God hears the prayer of the unsaved he leads him to his son Jesus and it is through Jesus that the person becomes accepted by God. If a person refuses to accept Jesus then God can no longer answer their prayers because they have come to the knowledge of truth but rejected it. so does God answers the prayers on the unsaved, i believe it is a Yes and No situation.
God bless you all

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Jack April 6, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Toi, thank you so much for your comment. I am a bit confused by your comment. How do you know that Cornelius was not saved? I found no such statement in Acts 10 but it does say that “He (Cornelius) and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.” So this Roman was already a devout and God-fearing man….who can fear God and be devout except that as you said, God was calling this man (John 6:44).

Jesus said in John 9:31 “We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.” The Roman Centurion was a godly man already, a God-fearing man and devout. Jesus is right, not me, when He said that “We know that God does not listen to sinners.” This is from Jesus own lips, not mine. Is Jesus right or wrong here?

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Markdonald May 1, 2012 at 9:48 am

i was realy blessed by the words from the article. keep on teaching the whole truth from God’s word weather men like it or not. it will pay off for you in eternity. God bless u real good

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Jack May 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Hello Markdonald. Thank you so much for your encouraging comment. Please come back soon and God bless you as well.

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noor May 24, 2012 at 11:15 pm

One qualm: I do not exactly understand what “believer” means. Is it mandatory for that to be Christian, or is it a believer in G-d? Jews have prayers too, as do Muslims, and those are of the Abrahamic faith which includes the same G-d. Exactly where does it make the distinction for Christian, which didn’t exist in Christ’s time?

Additionally, when Yeshua (Jesus) said to follow him, as Christians believe he is both G-d and man, to which aspect of his person is he referring? The human or the divine?

Offense not intended, but I find this particular view woefully narrow-minded just as all the other religions professing theirs to be the correct path, sans Judaism which allows for righteous Gentiles (destroyed when “there is neither gentile or Jew, free man nor slave” in the eye of G-d) and Buddhism which allows you to either believe or not in an active G-d.

You said yourself that G-d listens to the righteous. Who are we to judge who is and who is not? Abraham wanted to save Sodom if there were but 10 righteous people. There weren’t, but the mere hope that people who did not follow G-d in the Jewish tradition could be righteous was present.

The flaw I find with current Christians is most of the ones I met see only in black and white. Where are the colors, the vibrancy, the subtleties and mysterious of the most High? Life is full of dimension, and so is the Torah, and the Bible. No one is supposed to know the mind of G-d, so how can you state for a fact exactly what He thinks and He knows?

I do not mean to come off sounding sharp, but to truly understand anything you must ruminate, dwell upon it, devour the literature, and attack an argument from all possible sides in order to grasp the faintest glimmer of truth. Spirituality is an active process of learning and self-discovery and discovery of G-d’s marvels, whether you are Christian or not. I find that religious texts are all the more satiating whence you see it as a delicate course full of various spices and aromas, not simply mac and cheese with clear cut instructions on the box. According to the New Testament, only a few people will be saved, and that excludes a lot of those who call themselves Christians, so you may not have the right answer, as I may be mistaken.

Thank you for reading my message.

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Jack Wellman May 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Thank you Noor for your comments. Also according to the New Testament, God will not answer the prayers of those who live in un-repentance, in disobedience, and in rejecting Jesus as Savior for Jesus is our one and only mediator to the Father (Hebrews 4:16). I too could be mistaken but I will believe the Bible over anything that I personally believe. I am not stating as fact what I believe. The Scriptures are what I quoted as having authority as 1 Peter 3:12 which says, “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”

“And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight”. (1 John 3:22) If we obey God then He will answer our prayers.

“Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.” (John 9:31)

God has answered prayers long before there were any Christians so your point that “distinction for Christian, which didn’t exist in Christ’s time” is irrelevant.

You wrote that I said, “You said yourself that G-d listens to the righteous.” No, I only quoted God’s Word in the Bible.

Then you said, “Who are we to judge who is and who is not?” I am not judging them, but the Word of God is their and my and your judge. John 7:24 has Jesus saying, “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.” I am sorry but I stand firm on what the Bible says, not on my own human opinion and we know that God can not lie.

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noor May 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I know G-d does not lie, but I am trying to interpret his words, nothing to worry. I express gratitude for your timely response, but I think I may be misreading it. Please you to clarify?

In your article, you stated: “Now let’s answer the question as to whether it does any good for someone who is not a Christian to pray to G-d and expect Him to hear and answer their prayers. The Bible clearly says that G-d will not answer prayer requests of those who are not saved nor will He even listen to their prayers (John 9:31).”

The passage you cited is: “Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshiper of God, and does his will, him he hears.”

It does not mention saved through Christ, but worshiper of G-d, which in my mind at least extends across the monotheistic faiths professing belief in the same G-d. Perhaps Christianity may be a more refined approach from your perspective, but Jews and Muslims worship the same G-d, and perhaps even other religions are based on an innate sense of the Creator. Is there a fallacy in this my inference? What exactly is involved in “worship G-d?”

In your reply, you quoted the following: “Also according to the New Testament, G-d will not answer the prayers of those who live in un-repentance, in disobedience, and in rejecting Jesus as Savior for Jesus is our one and only mediator to the Father (Hebrews 4:16).”

But going back to this quote…

“Now we know that G-d does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of G-d and does His will, He hears him.” (John 9:31)

Worshiper = one who delivers praise or has extreme reverence for something (philosophy, person, etc) and serves them.

THE BIG QUESTION I LED UP TO (capitalized to make it easier for you, as I cannot highlight the question, I write too much): Is a worshiper of G-d who does His will necessarily Christian with Yeshua the mediator? Or is the requirement solely based on G-d, whether you attribute Christ to Him or not? I think you were trying to say you have to be Christian to be heard? I thought the worshiping quote provided discrepancy. Maybe I am mistaken. Language is a very difficult; there can be various reflections of the same sentence.

I apologize if I am making a big deal over a little matter. I just want to learn, and English is not my first language.

I am grateful again. :)

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Jack Wellman May 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Very great wording here Noor. I am sorry that I did not answer in the best way. I see what you mean. No, God I believe will hear someone’s prayer before they become a Christian and so yes, I do agree with you on this point my friend. When I prayed to God once from prison I was not yet a Christian or had believed in Jesus so yes, I see your point. You are very right. I apologize for not reading your comment correctly. Very great point. I think you are correct Noor. So I should have did a better job of wording this. I was wanting to make the point that those who are not praying to God to be saved or wanting to worship God but reject or hate His name are those that God will not answer their prayer. Nice work on this comment. I wonder since you wrote God’s name as “G_d” if you have a Jewish background. Christians owe much to the Jewish nation for Yeshua (Jesus) is Jewish and the Jews are God’s own people. Thank you. G_d bless you Noor.

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noor June 4, 2012 at 11:21 am

Thank you very much. I am not a Yehudi, but Armenian which is synonymous with Christian most cases. We are an ancient nation so perhaps our traditions are aged? Also persecuted for Christ’s sake to the point of genocide, even our women were crucified and taunted about why our Savior wouldn’t save us, but I trust G-d will help our people recover even in our precarious position. Hope that answers your question!

G-d bless you and your loved ones.

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Jack Wellman June 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I apologize. I am glad nonetheless that you came to comment and pray you will return again soon as we are all learning from each other, including me from you my friend. Thank you so very much.

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noor May 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Also I do not like that smile icon. :-)

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noor May 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Sorry! I thought I could change it with spacing.

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Johnson Chege May 30, 2012 at 12:04 pm

The best article I have ever read that clearly touches on the reality on Gods position believers and non believers in accordance to prayers. Thank you and God continue to inspire you to help people grow spiritually.

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Jack Wellman May 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Thank you so much Mr. Chege. I really took some heat after this was posted, as you might see in the comments. I appreciate your kinds words. Thankfully I relied on, not talk show hosts of which opinions are generally useless, I relied on the Word of God, which is truth. Please do come back again sir.

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Johnson Chege May 31, 2012 at 9:26 am

Hello Jack. Thank you for your response. I had not gone through all the comments given by most of us, but now I have gone through some. What peoplod need to understand is that its not the opinion that counts but what the word of God says. GOD is all knowing hence He knew that a good number of people will try to live to and to judge their status depending on their lifestyle. 2 timothy 4 says that they will go looking for a teacher who will tell them the things that suits their desires to their itching ears or what pleasing to them. Every one would want to justify a certain position but the foundation stands sure that God knows those are His people. We have two kingdoms to either serve, Gods kingdom and the devils. God loves the sinners but His mission is deliver them from sins and not answering their prayers. Since He is the giver of life He gives us time to repent but it doesnt mean that He participate may be in some fraudulent events we see with even church goers who to our opinions might think are blessed. my brother stick to the word of God and not with doctrines of people. He doesnt answer prayers of none believer.

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Jack Wellman May 31, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Hello Mr. Chege. My friend, your line, “God loves the sinners but His mission is deliver them from sins” is simply marvelous and marvelously simple and to the point sir. Wow. I am so impressed by your comment. Truly a way we can bring the unsaved to Christ, is by us praying for them. I truly wish I had such godly Christians as you in the church I am under-shepherd of my friend. I thank God for believers like you who have an itch only to hear the truth of the Bible. The only parts of my articles that are completely perfect are where I quote Scripture and when I hear from Christians like you with such delightfully encouraging comments, it is sheer and utter bliss for me. Thank so very, very much.

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Johnson Chege May 31, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Thank you Pastor.I love studying the word of God like the Bereans, meditate on it and pray to God to reveal His will. I will refer you to 2Timothy3:13-17. First is to know there are impostors preaching diluted gospel for people to feel accommodated and to feel they still have an inheritance in heaven yet they are being deceived. But you are charged to stick to the truth and firmly believe, dont be compromised. The word of God is for teaching the truth, rebuke sins, correction and instructing. This is the thesis for preaching the gospel to all corners of the world. Whoever hears and confess the better and whoever hears and doesnt change God will judge. Pastor Jack, Stand with the truth and let it flow. I can become your member if you can host me, ha ha ha! Otherwise God bless you and may He shower you with more anointing to preach.

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David K. Keyes June 23, 2012 at 2:51 am

I always appreciate the work of pastors and teachers, such as yourself, who help others understand God’s Word. So allow me to start by thanking you for your work.

While I do not dispute the verses you use in your message (both in the article and the subsequent comment threads), I do respectfully disagree with your interpretation.

Specifically, you write: “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).”

But John 9:31 makes no mention of ‘those who are not saved’. It says “…God heareth not sinners” [KJV] or “…God does not listen to sinners” [NIV].

Later, you wrote to Carl: “I said that God does not answer the prayers of those who are unsaved not sinners because that is all of us, me and you included.”

Unfortunately, this is inconsistent.

I would warn anyone against teaching something like this as concrete, when it’s truly dictated by God’s judgment of one’s heart in a given *moment*. I would hate for anyone to forsake turning to God out of a misguided belief that He will not hear them.

Like you said to Noor: “No, God I believe will hear someone’s prayer before they become a Christian and so yes, I do agree with you on this point my friend. When I prayed to God once from prison I was not yet a Christian or had believed in Jesus so yes, I see your point. You are very right.”

Even you as a sinner experienced God’s response and his ‘hearing’ of your prayers. I certainly have as well in my own moments of rebellion — both before and after accepting Christ. And it was His kindness in those moments that led me to repentance. (Romans 2:4) Hallelujah!

Blessings,
David

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Jack Wellman June 23, 2012 at 10:21 am

Thank you sir. Yes, God will hear us before we are saved but the main point of this article is that God turns a deaf ear to the unregenerate. He heard me before I placed my faith in Christ but the difference is that the Bible teaches that God grants us repentance and God calls us. If God is not drawing us to Himself (John 6:44) and we are not His elect (Eph 1 & 2), then God will not answer those who refuse to place their faith in Jesus Christ. I am still a sinner but the difference is that I repent and ask for forgiveness daily. The unsaved do not. Jesus, Peter, Isaiah, and the other quotes, when read in context, show that these are unregenerate people who have rejected God and have really hardened their hearts and that God will not hear them. Are you saying that God hears and answers the prayers of those who are unbelievers and unsaved?

Thank you sir for your critical analysis.

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David K. Keyes June 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm

You’re welcome, Jack. (No need to be so formal; you can call me David.)

I do not disagree that “…God will not answer those who refuse to place their faith in Jesus Christ.” Refuse is the key word in that sentence.

But anyone who approaches God with faith and humility will be heard, because that is His character as evidenced throughout the appropriate context of all Scripture.

The point of my post above is really summed up in the one sentence I wrote: “I would hate for anyone to forsake turning to God out of a misguided belief that He will not hear them.” Approach Him with faith – even the size of a mustard seed – and He will move mountains to reveal Himself.

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Jack Wellman June 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Amen David. I do see your point my friend. I also enjoyed visiting your website and see that you are helping others in ministry and the pastor is no exception. When I reach the point that I can not learn from someone, like you for example, I have become useless to God. I told the congregation once that part of my sermon today would be perfect…the part where I read out of the Bible.

May God richly bless your ministry at: freeindeed.com. And to bless your All-New Free Indeed Ministries Website which is Coming Soon. Again, I thank you David.

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Angela June 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm

You obviously have a very nieve worldview to have written that article stating that the unbeliever doesn’t have his prayers answered. For one thing, if a person like myself calls themselves an “Unbeliever”, it is unlikely. So let’s just say, all Atheists and Agnostics don’t get their prayers answered, that’s probably more what you were thinking. Well, that might be true, because none of them would be fool enough to pray. And if and when they did, they would not be praying in faith, nothing doubting, so they aren’t likely to get any results, right? Secondly, there are a lot of people who believe in a god, it’s just not yours. So when they pray, whether it be the Jew or Muslim to the same Creator god of Abraham, or Indians or Pagans gods, they somehow all feel that their prayers are answered. . .with as much accuracy rate as Christians anyhow. Which is a really bad percentage BTW. The placebo effect and superstitions place into this phenomena in every culture, and we are no exception. I use to be a strong Christian, in the ministry from childhood until about 30, and I can personally attest to the belief that God use to answer many prayers. . .but when I realized and critiqued my prayers, I realized that “time and chance happen to us all.” Some of my prayers were likely to have been answered just because there was a 50/50 chance of it. For those real miracles though, science has many explanations, and theories in the realm of the spirit world that have no connection with Christianity, any more then any other culture’s myths that use these miracles as proof for their God’s too. Quoting the Bible is no more proof that you can use the miracles for your God, then quoting the Koran would be proof to you that the Islams could claim their God being the true god. Stop judging from your own little world, and learn a little tolerance please!

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Pamela Rose Williams June 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Hi Angela, I saw your comment come in and I thought I would reply to you. I will not put words into Pastor Jack’s mouth but I will share with you why I would have written the same thing as he did.

You see, as Christians we believe that the Bible is the word of God (2 Peter 1:20-21). We believe that there is only one true God (Jeremiah 10:10). In that word God says that he does not answer prayers of the unbeliever (as Jack noted referencing John 9:31, Isaiah 59:2, I Peter 3:12 and Proverbs 1:26-29). It really has nothing to do with Jack’s personal judgment or tolerance level … he simply is repeating God’s words which we believe to be truth. It is a matter of faith and it is quite a large world of believers that we live amongst.

Finally, I noticed that Jack invited you to believe the gospel of your salvation at the end of the article. Have you considered this? Will you look at the following link and consider believing as we do?

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/come-to-jesus/

Angela, I am glad that you stopped by and even left your comment here … whether of not we agree I know that God loves you and would love for you to be my sister in Christ.

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Jack Wellman June 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Thank you Angela for your comment. And thank you Pam for your comment. I agree with what she has said. If you watch any of the TV talk shows, these are based upon human opinions and reasonings…but I have only quoted God’s Word. My opinion is worthless compared to God’s. Quoting the Bible is not really intended to be a proof…it is intended to know what God says and then we apply it to our lives.

Every single religion there is out in the world is “works based”, that is they must do enough good works to hope that they have done enough to reach eternal life, heaven, nirvana, be reincarnated, or whatever else they believe. Of all the religions, only Christianity has salvation achieved for us. I am sorry that you feel I am judging but I am no judge because I can’t look into a person’s heart…and I am not qualified. God is the only One qualified (Rev 20:12). Christianity is not about religion but about a relationship with God. I plead with you to read the link that Pam provided and all opinions are welcome here and I thank you for visiting us.

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Angela June 27, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Well Pamela and Jack, I speak from being a past Fundamental pastor’s wife, and I have no need of your info. I wanted you to know that you base everything off of the Bible, just as other religions base all of their thoughts off of their holy book. You would like them to question their source as being perfect and written by God I’m sure, and I would only say the same. In other words, be open to reason and new information. There is a lot of good reason to doubt the Bible, and when I found it out, I could no longer believe it was anymore then a book with some wisdom in it and some history in it. . .but written by some ancient, uneducated and highly superstitious people, not God. That wasn’t thought by the writers, and it wasn’t believed until recently anyways. It’s kind of just how myths start, take Santa! He was a good and real man, but recently he’s become an idol! It’s the way of humanity. Studying world myths is really interesting. Have you ever read, or watched the video series on “The power of myth” by Joseph Campbell? It would expand your worldview incredibly!

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Angela June 27, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Oh yeah, and lest it not be sufficient to say that I have been in the ministry my whole life, including as an evangelists kid, because I know what you would be thinking, “it was never real to her or she wouldn’t have left”. I got saved at 3 and rededicated my life/ really got saved at 12, after which I turned around my life to be a complete jerk for Jesus, and lost all my friends for the cause. I felt so persecuted! (Maybe it had something to do with constantly standing up for God’s ways that were mean, stupid, or just plain old fashioned. . .) I justified everything as Biblical that I did, and vowed that I would never say no to that still small voice I called God. . .I still don’t, I just call it my conscience now.

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Johnson Chege, Nairobi Kenya June 28, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Hello Jack. Am back again and want to add a voice in this matter. There should be no controversy in this issue and trying to justify anything. The word of God is meant for correction, teaching, rebuking and training. We cannot amend the bible and word of God stands and doesnt matter whether we want it to be read to suit what we feel its right for us. The bible says in deutrenomy 30:15 “see today I have set before thee life and death” this means God has set us free to chose which way to follow after all its for our benefit. But His will for us is to do what pleases Him. I said earlier that He loves even sinners and thats why He gave Jesus as a sacrifice that we may be restored if we believe through Jesus. God is the only one who searches the hearts and He knows the intentions of the hearts. He knows a prayer from a person whose intentions are to draw near to Him and this is the prayer God will listen. He may too answer a prayer for His glory and sovereignty and becomes a testimony.. An adulterer who lusts for a woman and a thief who steals or a murderer who kills cannot be listened unless he wants to turn from evil to good. There are two kingdoms in ruling. One which is everlasting and the other one which will be destroyed. Each have powers that operates and if the needs are met doesnt mean God fulfilled those desires they could be met by the master whom one serves. So Jack you have read the bible and quoted what is written therein God is not a man that He should lie or son of man that He repent. I repeat, yes He listens and answers the prayer of a sinner BUT whose intentions are right. Because He loves even sinners He gives them time to repent and come to Him.

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Jack Wellman June 28, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Greetings my brother, from one continent to the other. Even though we are far apart, we are one in the Holy Spirit. Oh that I had such a man of God like you in the church I pastor at. May God richly bless you my friend. I think you enriched this article so much by adding these words of wisdom. You surely know your Bible well and are so humble and contrite, which shows me that the Holy Spirit is working in you. Thank you my brother once again. You are always welcome here. I can not wait to meet you in person the day the Kingdom of Heaven arrives on earth.

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Johnson Chege, Nairobi Kenya June 29, 2012 at 8:18 am

My hope is that we shall enter through the gates unto the paradise and live in those golden rooms praising the Lamb of God forever. But when we are still here lets not waver in faith or be conformed to things of this perishing world and seen to dilute the word of God. We shall say it as it is inspired by the Most High God whether people like it or not. I have seen guys being against the gospel but comes those days of agony when it appears that their world is coming to am end, they send for the pastors to say a repentance prayer. Heaven and hell are real and they will stand till Gods word is fulfilled. Pastor Jack say it ‘as is’ written same way you have put it. If you add anything to it, plague will be added to the punishment likewise if you dilute it the right to have share in the tree of life will be withdrawn.
Thank you.

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Jack Wellman June 29, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Amen my brother in Kenya. Oh that I could meet you in person Johnson. It is a fearful thing for anyone to add or take away from the Word of God. It is all that we need anyway so why would anyone want to ruin it. You make great points here sir, but of course, you always do and bless us so much my brother.

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Michael July 23, 2012 at 4:58 pm

first let me start off by saying what a beautifully written article this was.
But I’m confused on something if god doesnt hear prayers from sinners how can he hear them praying for forgiveness?

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Jack Wellman July 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Thank you Michael. I should have clarified it better in this article and so the confusion is my fault to which I apologize. I should have said it in this way. God will not hear and answer the prayers of the unregenerate or unrepentant sinners who are not seeking after God and are not coming to Jesus Christ to save them. I heard of a guy a few years ago that was an atheist and he was tossed off of his sailboat along with me and we were in deep trouble, far from shore. I remembered him praying…”Oh, God, save me…” He thought he was going to die there….but we managed to swim to shore an hour or two later and then he kept up his vulgar language, swearing, and profane behavior. This was way before I was saved. He never did really want to know God and was just panicked. He didn’t drown, but I mean that God will not hear and answer the prayers of those who are in desperate troubles who have not been born-again. Now, let me say also that we are ALL sinners but we who have placed our faith in Jesus are saved. Once we come into this relationship God will not only hear but answer this prayer. My atheist friend may have been heard by God but I don’t believe he answered him. This man died without Christ and today, as far as I know, he is cut off from God forever. Only now does he believe in God.

You are so right Michael. When I finally broke down and fell on my face and saw the sinfulness of my sin and how utter deplorable I was in the sight of a holy God, then He did hear me…but I must have been being called by Him and so must have had the Holy Spirit working in me. Does this make sense?

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Michael July 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Thanks for your reply It does make more sense to me now.
god bless

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Jack Wellman July 23, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Thank you Michael for being so understanding in my lack of putting this article in the best possible wording. I appreciate your patience with me my friend.

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tony July 24, 2012 at 11:48 pm

U ppl who claim God will answer your prayers! go to the multitudes of starving children trll them how much God loves them then ask God to send down fresh rain water so they can grow crops to feed their swollen belly’s or better yet, ask God to send heavenly food instantly like Jesus did with the basket of fish.

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

If Jesus were to go to the multitudes of starving children and ask God to give food and a good supply of rain water, God would answer with a BIG YES!!

Out of all the millions of christians who say God answers their prayers! I would like to see if God would answer U when it comes to the starving children.

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Rosa August 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm

May I respectfully say that not one of us are certain whether God will answer our prayers. God looks at our hearts – only He can say what He will do. He does not go by what we say!

He is beyond our understanding. His ways are not ours. An interesting article, but – please – remember that we are all sinners. Something that is often forgotten……………….

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Jack Wellman August 7, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Thank you Rosa for your comment. I agree, we are all sinners but we have confessed our sins and the sins that had separated us from God have been removed. We are sinners but not sinless…but we do sin less. God looks at our hearts, but again, God will not answer the prayers, as the article said, of those who are not His own and He will not hear and answer the prayers of those who have not placed their trust in Christ…correct?

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JACKIE August 16, 2012 at 7:03 am

Nothing is imposible to GOd…mark 11;22

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SAM September 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I know people who aren’t saved can not pray. What about unsaved people who get married? If unsaved people can’t pray then how can they make a vow or covenant to God? Because God hears nothing from an unsaved person. Would they have to be remarried if the persons get saved later on, in order for it to be a Holy Union?

Somewhere in 1 corinthians I believe is a verse about an unsaved spouse being sanctified by the believing spouse. But my question is concerning an unsaved COUPLE. Where ever I ask this question this is what they refer back to.(unsaved spouse sanctified by the believing spouse) Thank You in advance sir.

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Jack Wellman September 15, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Hello Sam. Thank you sir for your comment. Unsaved people who get married are no different than unmarried people who are not saved. The Bible says that God does not answer the prayers of the unsaved. I am not saying this but I am only quoting the Bible. They can make a vow to God but that is not the same thing as a prayer. They would not have to be remarried because we are all, saved and unsaved, supposed to follow the laws of the land (Rom 12) so the marriage is still binding and legal. Now regarding 1 Corinthians 7, the unsaved spouse can be brought to saving faith by the Christian spouse and that is the point. The Christian spouse should not divorce their unsaved spouse just because they are not a believer. That is Paul’s point. Some Corinthians were divorcing their un-saved spouse and that is sin.

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Tim November 28, 2012 at 2:21 am

I am having troubles knowing if God is in my life. I have asked him to come into my heart but I feel as if he is not with me, I do pray although not to often and sadly I haven’t been to church in a few years. I also have yet to be baptized. I want his love and to spend my eternal life in his presence more than anything but I feel as tho I’m not worthy. My question is will he hear my prayers even if I am as I explained above? I believe I am a Christian and I believe God has died for my sins. But I need some sort of guidence. And yes I know it is foolish of me to say I feel unworthy, but that is how I feel. Please help me understand.

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Jack Wellman November 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Hello Tim. It is not foolish to feel that you are unworthy and in fact, NONE of us really are but that is why grace is so amazing. Let me say that you said you don’t feel that He (God) is with you. Human feelings are not a trustworthy thing to rely upon but we know that God’s Word is sure and John 6:37 says that He will turn no one away that comes to Him. God wants you to be part of the Body of Christ, the church and you will always feel separated if you don’t join with the Sheepfold of the Great Shepherd, Jesus Christ. He is the Head of the Church so why not enter the fold. There are no “lone ranger” Christians anywhere in the New Testament and we are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves which is a command to believers (Heb 10:25).

Let me ask you this. How can you live like a Christian is supposed to live by yourself when we are given instructions like Rom 12 & 1 Cor 13? It’s impossible to do by yourself. Don’t go it alone for Satan is like a roaring lion, lying in wait for those who are stragglers from the Sheepfold the church and you will never have any peace apart from the Body of Christ.

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Tim November 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I understand, and I do hope very much that I get back into the church I left many years ago. But I don’t believe u answered my question about the lord answering my prayers. As I have said before I am not baptized or currently part of a church. I believe I’ve read that lord does not answer those who are not saved, and since I am not yet baptized I am not saved, correct? I am sorry if I am repeating myself. And if you have time for me I do wish to ask a few more questions. Thank you pastor Jack.

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Jack Wellman November 28, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Sorry Tim. I apologize. I overlooked that very important question and so I am sorry. No excuse. Yes, God will not hear those who are not His own because in the Lord’s Prayer is says we pray to “our Father” and He is the Father of those who have placed their trust in Christ and so I don’t see why He wouldn’t answer your prayer but sometimes He is working things out behind the scenes and not seen by human eyes. It takes patience, of which I don’t always have the most. If you are not baptized, that doesn’t mean you are not saved because a person is saved first and then they are baptized after that. Jesus alone saved (Acts 4:12) but we should get baptized for we are commanded to do so and that takes place in a church. The thief on the cross couldn’t get baptized but was saved at in the last moments of his life so that does not mean you are not saved but you should get baptized and not put it off.

I work and pastor a church plus write for this website so I will answer other questions you might have but can not always respond immediately like I have today when I happened to be home waiting for a contractor. Tim, please keep in touch. I hope I gave you an answer this time my friend.

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Tim November 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Yes thank you pastor Jack, I do have more questions but they must wait for another day. Thank you for your time and your wisdom.

Jack Wellman November 28, 2012 at 5:09 pm

My pleasure Tim. Please do come back sir.

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Tim December 1, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Hello again pastor Jack, I need your knowledge. A while back I would pray quite often but they were always the same prayer, not for phisical items but for the Wellness of my family and friends. And I’ve read that the lord doesn’t like for us to repeat prayers like that, so I quit praying. Am I correct in not praying if I’m only going to repeat like this? And should I pray the lords prayer if nothing else? I’m sure I should but I would like to know forsure. Thank you

Jack Wellman December 1, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Tim, I am overjoyed you came back and ask this. Let me tell you something that I heard a wise, old pastor once say. God always answers EVERY prayer. Sometimes it takes longer to answer because He is working behind unseen human eyes and sometimes it is no but even the “no” is always in our or others best interests.

We have an article that shows you exactly how you can pray called How Should I Pray? – A Biblical Analysis at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-should-i-pray-a-biblical-analysis/

This article will give you a very simple outline using a very simple acronym (ACTS) to help you.

Let me also say that Jesus used the parable of the widow who went before the unjust judge dozens of times and finally got the judge to answer by wearing him down so the lesson is that if it is important enough (which yours certainly sounds like) then we must keep on repeating these requests to show just how urgent it is to God.

It may be helpful to read Luke 18:1-8 to see why I just said what I did Tim.

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, `Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, `Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

What I think the Lord doesn’t like are what He called the “vain (empty) repetitions” that are the same form of prayer, over and over and these were prayers for the person only! These were selfish prayers but yours are not. You are not doing the same thing so “pray on” brother. I pray this helps you Tim.

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Tim December 1, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Yes this really did help thank you. I am sure I will be back for ur help. And I will be sure to pray often as I should, I will look at your link when I have time. Till next time.

Emily December 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Hey Tim! Lately I’ve realized that faith is really a relationship, and prayer is really a conversation. I’ve realized I need to also focus on listening to Him. Because prayer is a two-way thing. I usually just ask Him for help, which is amazing and really good, but I think He also wants to talk to us instead of us just listing things off to Him (what I did and still sometimes do). It’s harder than I sounds to “Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10. This song by the Fray really helps me(: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vtp-p7qFI2I. I’ve also realized He doesn’t always talk directly to you, but He’s always talking. Many times when I’ve prayed to God to answer my questions, I hear my friends talk about it, I hear it on the radio, I open up the Bible or a prayer booklet and it talks about it….it’s amazing. It’s all about being open to His still small voice….you’ll find it everywhere!!

Tim December 2, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Thanks for taking the time to make a comment for me Emily. And I haven’t thought of it like that, I have experienced things as you talk about but never really thought much of it. I will be sure to pay attention next time one of my prayers are answered and thank our holy father for his voice. Thank you Emily and may God bless you.

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Kevin December 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Hi good day to you all brothers and sisters. I beg you pray for the victims of great typhoon it leaves them homeless, they really need food others where very sick other died due to the frustration. Let’s pray to our God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for them destroyed by great typhoon to strengthen them and comfort their hearts or any other God will do for them. I am not rich I don’t have any job also but all I can do is to pray for them. May God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ multiply the blessings to come for those who generously donates and volunteers and to those who will. Thank you

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Jack Wellman December 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Kevin, what a precious and godly prayer my friend. I will pray for the many who are presently suffering. Perhaps it will make some turn to God for saving faith. I pray donations will help them realize that there are many more fortunate who can help ease their misery.

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Emily December 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I definitely will!! Where did this happen, may I ask?

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Jack Wellman December 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm

This was in the Philippines Emily.The death toll from the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year has climbed above 900, with hundreds still missing, the government.

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Kevin December 19, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Yes this was in Philippines. thank you Pastor and Ms. Emily…

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Tim December 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Hello again pastor jack, thankyou very much for explaining prayers for me a while back. I have prayed every night to our holy father ever since. I am wondering if one must go into a church to repent or if I may just ask the lord for forgiveness? I’ve always thought we must repent in church to a Reverend or such. Please explain.

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Jack Wellman December 17, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Tim, I am overjoyed you want to repent and be forgiven and receive eternal life. It doesn’t take a person or a place but a God! And God will give all who believe in Jesus this life. Just confess your sins (1 John 1:9) and put your trust in Him and He will save you!

Having said that, why would you not want to join the Body of Christ, the church? Jesus is the Head of the Church and so why not be IN His body. He said the gates of hell will not prevail against the church and so why would He say that if we didn’t need to attend the church that HE is the Head of? It is written in Heb 10:25, a command that we do “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Read all of Hebrews 10 to see how vital it is to be in a church that JESUS built! Read Romans 12 and 1 Cor 13, a job description for a Christian and see how this would be impossible for a “lone ranger” Christian to sit at home.

Please let me know what you decide. Whether you decide to trust in Christ and to join a church today, I will see you in heaven!

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Kevin December 19, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I agree with you Pastor, it is very important to be a member of a Body. I hope I may find also a right church because I am also a lone ranger it is hard to at home even reading Bible I still feels like someone’s bugging me unusually (whispering in my thoughts profanely) it makes me feel guilty before God.

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Emily December 22, 2012 at 10:00 pm

I totally know what you’re talking about!! I get that too!! The devil definitely tries his hardest against God’s children…I have some holy water in my room, and demons hate when I use it((: I definitely have to pray for purity a lot – to not think these thoughts or listen to the whispers of evil….I love the part of the Our Father that says “Lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil. Amen.” That and the power that God gave to St. Michael to cast out demons helps me a lot((: God will definitely help us if we ask. :D

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Tim December 20, 2012 at 1:27 am

Yes I hope also to find a church, tho they are everywhere, when I have went looking before people would look at me strangely and not act very welcoming to me. And sadly it has dissuaded me to look again, I know I am to attend church for Christ but I wish I would feel like I am welcomed. But I do have yet another question for you pastor Jack, I know I have asked before but if I am not yet baptized do I not have the holy ghost? And if I am not baptized and the end is tomorrow will I not go to heaven? Even if I love the lord and have asked him into my heart? Please be brutally honest, as I’m sure you will be. Thank-you so much for everything dear pastor.

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Jack Wellman December 20, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Hi Tim. I want to be honest with you and with everyone at all times (even myself! LOL). If you are not baptized but have placed your trust in Christ, you will be in the Kingdom of Heaven. No one is saved by baptism but a person that is saved should get baptized into a local church because it is commanded to us for an example of our old man dying and the new birth (being put under water symbolizes the death of the old, carnal man and the coming up out of the water, symbolic of the new man being raised & also some symbolism of our coming resurrection to eternal life). Baptism is a symbol of our salvation but salvation or being saved comes first and then the ordinance of baptism. If Christ comes tonight or tomorrow (no one knows when) and you didn’t get a chance to get baptized, you will be with Christ.

If you are not finding a welcoming church….keep looking or attend one anyway, regardless of how people look at you. They may just be wondering who the new person is in the church and not just “looking at you strangely.” Don’t let fear of others looking at you, or fear of man, be stronger than the fear of God and doing what you know is right. Join a church, get baptized. Did this help?

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Tim December 20, 2012 at 11:42 pm

YES! thank-you so much for your insight pastor. I will go out and search for a church soon, and when the time comes I will get baptized for Jesus and myself. You are a very wise man and God has truly blessed you. Please pray for me. As I will thank the lord that i have found this website and I will thank him for giving you the wisdom you pass onto others. Thank-you again and again pastor Jack, I will come to you again when I have questions I must know. I cannot wait to meet you in our fathers kingdom. You have done great things for me and i cannot thank you enough.

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Jack Wellman December 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Tim, you make my heart leap for joy. What a wonderful comment you made Tim and I thank you and thank God FOR you fellow Christian. I wish I had you in the church that I am pastor of. You would be such a blessing!

As for me, I have no wisdom of myself but all glory belongs to God and to Him alone for without Him, not only am I nothing….I am less than nothing. God bless you Tim.

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andrew December 28, 2012 at 4:19 am

Hello Jack. Ive read your article carefully. Based on the Bible, what u are saying is true. I am a christian though not as devout as i once was. It is so depressing that majority of my prayers have been a waste of breath. Today this truth has saddened me so much.

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Julia January 10, 2013 at 5:02 am

God does answer a prayer of an unbeliever, He makes the sun to shine on both the good and the evil. God also says that He came to seek and save the lost. Furthermore God says that do not repay evil with evil but repay evil with good. Lastly the bible says God loved us whilst we were still sinners.
So I believe God answers prayers of the unsaved to demonstrate his love for us. The bible says nothing can separate us from the love of God. There are people who are not born again, like Muslims Hindus etc, yet God blesses them with life, children, food to eat, their needs are met and they have plenty to give, they are prosperous. The conclusion is that if God did not answer the prayer of the unbeliever, then the sun would only shine on the righteous and only the righteous would be blessed.
God ultimately wants the unbeliever to come to the knowledge of Jesus the Christ, when I was an unbeliever, I prayed to get bursary I got it, I prayed to pass and I did pass. God did answer my prayers. I think when you are a believer God is more strict with you, you have to come to God clean not dirty, like they say sin hinders our prayers it applies to believers. I am now trusting God to provide for me to take children to school, I am a single mother and I do not have enough for all three, so I am trusting God. I am also asking God to forgive me for my hidden sin. God did not answer my prayer, school started today, my children could not go because I did not have the money I was hoping God will provide, so I pray that God will forgive me of the sin that makes Him not to answer my prayers. I pray that Jesus cleanse me with His blood so that I am righteous in the side of God. And I pray for forgiveness if I did not follow God will for the kids to go to school. Amen

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Emily January 22, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Julia, your story is so inspiring!! I admire how you trust God through I’ll you’ve been through, you’re a great role model!
Lately I’ve realized that faith is really a relationship, and prayer is really a conversation. I’ve realized I need to also focus on listening to Him. Because prayer is a two-way thing. I usually just ask Him for help, which is amazing and really good, but I think He also wants to talk to us instead of us just listing things off to Him (what I did and still sometimes do). It’s harder than it sounds to “Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10. This song by the Fray really helps me(: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vtp-p7qFI2I. I’ve also realized He doesn’t always talk directly to you, but He’s always talking. Many times when I’ve prayed to God to answer my questions, I hear my friends talk about it, I hear it on the radio, I open up the Bible or a prayer booklet and it talks about it….it’s amazing. It’s all about being open to His still small voice….you’ll find it everywhere!!
I’ve also started learning that God doesn’t always answer our prayers the way we want Him too, but He’s the very wise parent, and does what’s best for us, even if it involves trials. He will always bring the best out of a bad situation. Your situation sounds very hard and trying, and I’ll definitely be praying for you!! I guess all I’d like to say is that even when He seems not to be answering our prayers, He’s always cooking up something better than we could have ever asked for, maybe by steeling us by our trials and drawing us closer to His cross and suffering. God is always with us and guiding us towards Him, even when it seems like He’s ignoring us. In the paraphrased words of C.S. Lewis, “Why couldn’t I see Him?” “Maybe you just weren’t looking.” I’ve had to learn to find Him in the tiniest things – the kindness of others, the coincidences that are really God-incidences…but if in prayer I’m only focused on myself and my needs, and not the important listening part, I’ve found my relationship with God quickly crumbles, as do all relationships when one person doesn’t listen to the other.
I’ll be praying for you and your family to find strength in the Lord!! I’ve found KLOVE and daily prayer and Scripture are great ways to continually cast your cares on the Lord throughout the day. Come to Him broken, dirty, however you are…..He’ll take you, and wash you clean. In this world that tries to break us down and rub us in the dirt, turning to Him constantly – giving all of ourselves to Him, the good and the bad – is the only thing that will wash us clean.  God bless, and continue doing the great and inspirational things you are doing!

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Julia February 21, 2013 at 9:02 am

Dear Emily thank you for the response, I just even have a testimony.
My kids did not go to school when schools opened, they went to school only during the last week of January just before i get paid and they did not miss much, also I managed to place them in a different school, so i can testify to your point that God sees the big picture and also on the link below I found this

“God sees the big picture; we only see a small portion of that picture. We could actually be praying for something that would be harmful for us to get. It should be seen as encouraging when God does not answer our prayers exactly as we want, in the time frame we expect. This shows us that He is still in control and sovereignly overrides our expectations with His perfect will.

Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/when-god-is-silent-why-does-god-not-seem-to-be-answering-my-prayer/#ixzz2LXsZYFru

Then lastly so when God answers it is just way too much, He also blessed me with a new job, shoo when I was facing trials in january God knew what He had in store for me.

So I am amazed and filled with awe with God’s goodness, God is too GOOD and too Loving, God really cares about us as His very own children. My salvation our salvation is also a testimony of God’s love, I am still overwhelmed but I am thankful to God because through all these i learnt some important crucial lessons, to be content whether i have or not, God will always meet my needs as He deems fit, God is ultimately in control, I should serve God whether I have or not whether my prayer is answered or not, because sine God knows best, i cant only trust, there is strength in silence and trust, trusting God is the ultimate victory, i have really learned to still rejoice even though I dont have food to feed the kids in the house, but now I am so grateful, my church is helping me with groceries, things are changing in my life, new job, life is changing, its progressive its not all at once, so I have learnt important lessons

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Emily May 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm

WOW Julia!! In your story, I can see how God brings good out of bad. Thank you for telling me!! I would never be able to understand your situation, but I learned a lot today from losing even something reletively small. I didn’t get a leadership position i wanted in a club, and I went to the chapel and cried my heart out to Jesus…and then realized I had been basing my identity on my accomplishments, so when they crumbled, i crumbled. God was telling me that His love was the basis of my identity, and that i was beautiful, priceless, and what he thinks about every second of every hour of every day (isn’t it amazing that He can do that for everyone??) because of who He is and not what I do. I guess it just showed that bad things make me learn more and grow closer to Him than good things do :)

Your story made me think of this song by Francesca Battistelli called “Time in Between.” Like how sometimes the trust in God we gain while our prayers are still unanswered is better than them actually getting answered. Here’s the link if you’re interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM19VfMgMks

She’s an amazing artist!! She writes a lot of songs about trusting God about the future. They help me a lot :) Thanks again for sharing!! I’m praying for you! God bless! Jesus and I love you more than words can say!

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Tim January 18, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Hello again pastor jack, I do not have a question this time but I need as many prayers from anyone who sees this message. Please pray for my mother she is havin a difficult time with this world and can use as many prayers as she can get. So please pray for my mother jane. Thank you all and may god bless you.

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Jack Wellman January 19, 2013 at 10:56 am

Tim, it is a privilege to pray for fellow saints and that is what I will do my friend. Know that our prayers are going up to God the Father together in behalf of Jesus’ Strong Name, amen.l

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Justin February 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Dear Jack Welman

I am a Christians and God has answered many of my prayers and I know that had I not prayed to God many of my prayers wouldn’t have happened but why does God answer prayers of non-Christians as well?

I know of this story of an Indonesian police officer who just happens to be a Hindu and he was investigating the 2002 Bali Bombings.

As he was praying in a Hindu temple for a breakthrough in the case, he recieved a call that there was key evidence found hence he got his break through. Why did God answer his prayer despite him not being a Christian?

I believe God wanted him to solve the case regardless plus many Christians were also killed in the Bali Bombings.

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Jack Wellman February 20, 2013 at 10:25 am

This sounds like nothing more than a coincidence. Are you saying that God will hear and answer Hindu’s?

If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear (Psalm 66:18).

If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear (Psalm 66:18).

Then the Lord said to me, “Do not pray for this people, for their good. When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. But I will consume them by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence (Jeremiah 14:10-12).

Because I [Wisdom] have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded, Because you disdained all my counsel, And would have none of my rebuke…. Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me (Proverbs 1:24-25, 28).

One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination (Proverbs 28:9). “But they refused to heed, shrugged their shoulders, and stopped their ears so that they could not hear. Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law and the words which the Lord of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Thus great wrath came from the Lord of hosts. Therefore it happened, that just as He proclaimed and they would not hear, so they called out and I would not listen,” says the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 7:11-13).

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1Peter 3:12)

“Surely God will not listen to empty talk, nor will the Almighty regard it.” (Job 35:13)

“One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.” (Proverbs 28:9)

It is not my opinion but God’s Word that says that He will not answer the prayers of those who are not His own. One answer to a Hindu praying in a Hindu temple can not refute all of these Scriptures.

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Emily January 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm

I’ll be praying!! Jesus’ name can resist all evil if we’re willing. You are a great example to her and all of us of this Truth!

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Paul March 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Thanks for your comments. I would suggest adding Acts 2: 38 and Acts 22: 16 and Galatians 3; 27 to your answer.

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thank you so much!

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Tiffany June 6, 2014 at 12:39 am

I was reading where you stated that John 9:31 states Jesus does not hear a sinners prayer. In my understanding of that scripture the pharisees are saying Jesus doesn’t hear a sinners prayer because they are questioning Jesus healing a blind man and they were saying He couldn’t have healed the man because he doesn’t hear sinners because the man was a sinner. The Pharisees said that not Jesus.

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Jack Wellman June 6, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Then your conclusion is in effect that God listens and answers the prayers of sinners. Please show me chapter and verse to prove this is true doctrine for there are dozens and dozens of Scriptures to the contrary. I presume then you believe that God hears and answers the prayers of every sinner on earth. Wow. Really? Please show us where you come up with this. In the Lord’s prayer Jesus said to pray “our Father” but didn’t Jesus say that the religious leaders father was the Devil (John 8:44)? Is Jesus wrong too?

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