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Don Stewart :: Whose Prayers Does God Hear?

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Don Stewart
There has been much controversy over whose prayers God hears.

Mediator

The Bible is clear that the only God hears the prayers of believers.

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and humanity, the Man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5).

It is only through the mediation of Jesus Christ, God's Son, can a person have access to the living God. The Apostle Paul in describing the nature of God said:

Who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no human has seen or can see (1 Timothy 6:16).

By definition, God cannot be approached by sinful humanity. Hence we have the need for a mediator. It is through the mediation of Christ and Christ alone that an individual can reach the presence of God. No one else has access to God because of sin. Sin has caused a separation between God and sinful humanity.

Mercy

The unbeliever can have their prayer answered by God if they pray for God's mercy-the salvation of their soul. That prayer God will answer. Once a person prays that prayer they become a child of God! This allows God to answer all their prayers. The Bible says:

That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth they confesses, resulting in salvation (Romans 10:9,10).

Summary

The only prayers that God answers are those from His children. The unbeliever has no access to Him because they are not His family. Once a person trusts Christ as Savior, access is available to God and prayers are answered.

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