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    Hello. Is it right that if we cherish a sin in our heart, and we pray, that prayer doesn't get through to God?

    Is that right?

    What about if when we pray, we confess our sin, but we still have an addiction to something?

    Say, drinking or smoking. Like, if I pray Lord, I know I'm a sinner. But I still feel the need to pray to you. I still need to pray to you because you are my hope. And I pray for something noble, like healing for another person. Or for someone to come to know Him.

    Does God still hear that prayer? Does He still say yes, no or wait? Or does He not hear it because of my cherished sin?

    Do cherished sins, (addictions) block the prayer from reaching God?

    Or does He still hear it? But it's just that He doesn't answer it because of my cherished sin?

    I admit I'm a sinner. I smite my chest and say it and daren't even look up to Heaven just like that Roman tax collector did (Luke 18:13).

    And I know that is why Jesus came into the world and that He died for my sins. But I guess I don't know that in full enough as if I did and what it truly meant then I would stop sinning completely. And that gets me down too.

    But I also know that I'm only human and I'm not perfect (although that feels like I'm making an excuse?)

    And I know that it is through faith that I'm saved. Faith and grace not works.

    But still, the question remains, does God hear and answer the prayer of a sinner. A sinner that believes (and I know He knows my heart) that prays for things for other people and not of himself (myself).

    So really my question is, will God hear my prayer and still answer it (in His own wise way) even though I have a couple of addictions (vices) that I repeat from time to time?

    Or are ALL prayers blocked when we have cherished sins in our heart?

    Or am I not giving God enough credit for His grace?

    I know that God is just and has to do things a certain way. The just and right way. I understand that. But I also know he's meant to be a God of love and loves us like a loving parent loves their children and wants the best for them.

    But still, what is the answer here?

    Can someone shine some light on to this one for me?

    I want to pray for some people. My uncle who is currently receiving treatment for lymphoma cancer and some people in my past that I never got to tell about my faith. I just want to pray for them because I feel it's the right thing to do!

    Thanks any and all.

    Me.

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    Default Re: Does God hear ALL prayers? What are the conditions?

    Um, God is omniscient, so exactly how do you think he won't know something, including our prayers?

    Got to say, I'm a smoker and God still loves me and hears me. Does he answer me how I want? No. Thank God! He answers for what is good for me and shows his glory.

    He had a condition, and thus Jesus died on that cross in our stead.

    Why would you think a child of God has to be perfect before God will hear him/her? That would be one lousy father, doncha think?
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    And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Rom. 8:28

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    God does not answer all prayers.

    Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
    Mat 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

    Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,then God will supply your needs,for if you do not seek after His righteousness do not get upset if you do not have your needs met.

    Jas_5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

    The prayers of a righteous man avails much,not the prayers of a hypocrite.

    Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

    1Ti 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
    1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
    1Ti 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
    1Ti 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

    God provides our needs,not our wants,and some people pray amiss concerning that.

    Some prayers will be blocked,because they are not valid prayers to begin with.

    Mat 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
    Mat 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
    Mat 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
    Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
    Mat 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
    Mat 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
    Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
    Mat 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
    Mat 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

    Jesus gave the example of prayer,and it does not include any wants there,and also lead us not in to temptation,but deliver us from evil,the right attitude so that the prayers will be put to use.
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    Default Re: Does God hear ALL prayers? What are the conditions?

    God hears all prayers.

    His answer is always the right answer, even if you understand it or not.

    He will answer yes, no, wait, or no answer which is still a answer. It could be a delayed answer to yes, no making us wait. And usually when we wait and stay aware, God answers. But in many ways we could of not imagine.

    His reason to not respond may be due to a selfish prayer or a prayer that God has more understanding on and doesn't respond. It may also be a way to help discipline his children also.

    But usually a heart cry prayer God will give you a yes, no, or wait.

    Obviously it may not be as simple as yes, no, or wait. But you will understand what God is saying.

    God may send someone that he has compelled to say something specific to you that may just be simple conversation but for you it hits a deep meaning within you and you know this was God working in this person.

    its just all about remaining spiritual aware
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rudimental View Post
    Hello. Is it right that if we cherish a sin in our heart, and we pray, that prayer doesn't get through to God?

    Is that right?

    What about if when we pray, we confess our sin, but we still have an addiction to something?

    Me.
    God's primary focus is on our heart. If you are in sin, of any kind, but are actively fighting and seeking change God sees your heart. He sees your struggle. He hears your prayer. It's when we go along with or surrender to sin that we place a barrier between us and God. As long as your heart desires to follow God and you strive to live how He commands He has grace for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rudimental View Post
    Hello. Is it right that if we cherish a sin in our heart, and we pray, that prayer doesn't get through to God?

    Is that right?

    What about if when we pray, we confess our sin, but we still have an addiction to something?

    Say, drinking or smoking. Like, if I pray Lord, I know I'm a sinner. But I still feel the need to pray to you. I still need to pray to you because you are my hope. And I pray for something noble, like healing for another person. Or for someone to come to know Him.

    Does God still hear that prayer? Does He still say yes, no or wait? Or does He not hear it because of my cherished sin?

    Do cherished sins, (addictions) block the prayer from reaching God?

    Or does He still hear it? But it's just that He doesn't answer it because of my cherished sin?

    I admit I'm a sinner. I smite my chest and say it and daren't even look up to Heaven just like that Roman tax collector did (Luke 18:13).

    And I know that is why Jesus came into the world and that He died for my sins. But I guess I don't know that in full enough as if I did and what it truly meant then I would stop sinning completely. And that gets me down too.

    But I also know that I'm only human and I'm not perfect (although that feels like I'm making an excuse?)

    And I know that it is through faith that I'm saved. Faith and grace not works.

    But still, the question remains, does God hear and answer the prayer of a sinner. A sinner that believes (and I know He knows my heart) that prays for things for other people and not of himself (myself).

    So really my question is, will God hear my prayer and still answer it (in His own wise way) even though I have a couple of addictions (vices) that I repeat from time to time?

    Or are ALL prayers blocked when we have cherished sins in our heart?

    Or am I not giving God enough credit for His grace?

    I know that God is just and has to do things a certain way. The just and right way. I understand that. But I also know he's meant to be a God of love and loves us like a loving parent loves their children and wants the best for them.

    But still, what is the answer here?

    Can someone shine some light on to this one for me?

    I want to pray for some people. My uncle who is currently receiving treatment for lymphoma cancer and some people in my past that I never got to tell about my faith. I just want to pray for them because I feel it's the right thing to do!

    Thanks any and all.

    Me.
    you are referring to Psalm 66:18
    basically he was saying if he was aware of the sin that was in his heart the Lord wouldn't have listened to him.
    In short don't focus on sin, (you become alive to what you focus on). Romans 6:11 says to count yourself dead to sin but alive to God in Christ. Matthew 6:9-13 is the example Jesus said for how to pray.. it is pretty much the same format as any psalm.. Giving praise and Glory to God, proclaiming his will and Gods deliverance through whatever circumstance or problem you may be having... I could go deeper into the meat of it, but that is the gist of it. pray from your heart and God will listen to this type of prayer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ugly View Post
    God's primary focus is on our heart. If you are in sin, of any kind, but are actively fighting and seeking change God sees your heart. He sees your struggle. He hears your prayer. It's when we go along with or surrender to sin that we place a barrier between us and God. As long as your heart desires to follow God and you strive to live how He commands He has grace for you.
    Good advice. So also Matt said a couple of things I agree with: 1. God provides our needs, not our wants, and some people pray for the wrong things and 2. Some prayers will be blocked because they are not valid to start. To answer those: I don’t think you’re praying for your own wants and you do have others’ interests at heart. Second, I think what you are asking is what prayer is valid that God will hear.


    I looked up the definition of hypocrite (“The prayers of a righteous man avails much,not the prayers of a hypocrite.”) and it really has to do with the pretense of being something you are not. In other words, trying to appear to be better than you are. You are not that person, so that statement doesn’t apply either.

    We all have things we struggle with. All of us. If God didn’t hear our prayers as broken people then no prayer would be effective. When He looks at us, He sees us as spotless. The Spirit intercedes for us all the time as we send up our prayers to God, what a miracle! Your heart is leading you to be better. Keep trying. But don’t think you must be what we consider “perfect” for your prayers to be heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rudimental View Post
    Hello. Is it right that if we cherish a sin in our heart, and we pray, that prayer doesn't get through to God?

    Is that right?

    What about if when we pray, we confess our sin, but we still have an addiction to something?

    Say, drinking or smoking. Like, if I pray Lord, I know I'm a sinner. But I still feel the need to pray to you. I still need to pray to you because you are my hope. And I pray for something noble, like healing for another person. Or for someone to come to know Him.

    Does God still hear that prayer? Does He still say yes, no or wait? Or does He not hear it because of my cherished sin?

    Do cherished sins, (addictions) block the prayer from reaching God?

    Or does He still hear it? But it's just that He doesn't answer it because of my cherished sin?

    I admit I'm a sinner. I smite my chest and say it and daren't even look up to Heaven just like that Roman tax collector did (Luke 18:13).

    And I know that is why Jesus came into the world and that He died for my sins. But I guess I don't know that in full enough as if I did and what it truly meant then I would stop sinning completely. And that gets me down too.

    But I also know that I'm only human and I'm not perfect (although that feels like I'm making an excuse?)

    And I know that it is through faith that I'm saved. Faith and grace not works.

    But still, the question remains, does God hear and answer the prayer of a sinner. A sinner that believes (and I know He knows my heart) that prays for things for other people and not of himself (myself).

    So really my question is, will God hear my prayer and still answer it (in His own wise way) even though I have a couple of addictions (vices) that I repeat from time to time?

    Or are ALL prayers blocked when we have cherished sins in our heart?

    Or am I not giving God enough credit for His grace?

    I know that God is just and has to do things a certain way. The just and right way. I understand that. But I also know he's meant to be a God of love and loves us like a loving parent loves their children and wants the best for them.

    But still, what is the answer here?

    Can someone shine some light on to this one for me?

    I want to pray for some people. My uncle who is currently receiving treatment for lymphoma cancer and some people in my past that I never got to tell about my faith. I just want to pray for them because I feel it's the right thing to do!

    Thanks any and all.

    Me.
    if God didn't hear the prayers of sinners, there would be no prayers to hear at all.
    excepting Christ, but who would He intercede for if not for His people? (Heb 7)

    what if you have a besetting sin and you're asking God for help with it?
    how would you get help if He refused to hear you?
    see what i mean, it becomes sorta circular.

    you don't need to feel you must ask for "something noble". and if it helps, though God the Father does truly love us, He hears us for Jesus' sake. i hope it might encourage you to think about that, because the Father's love for the Son will surely never change nor abate. that's why the same is true of those in Christ.

    i'm a parent, and far from perfect as God is.
    but if one of my kids thought i wouldn't listen to them because they had displeased me, i'd be very sad, indeed.
    i join you in prayer for your uncle! (and remember, i'm far from perfect, but i am praying.)
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    Its not like that, that you just prayed and every thing gonna get better. You need hard work to. If praying is the case you could just stay home play dota all day and God gonna do the rest. God showed us the way to be successful now its our choice to chose the right path. Now if we do our best in something God will be on our side. God loves every of its creation so when you just pray some other human being who was also created by God is working his ass off to achieve something. So what you think who will God help someone who stays at home and just pray or someone who work hard and pray to God?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabashahid View Post
    Its not like that, that you just prayed and every thing gonna get better. You need hard work to. If praying is the case you could just stay home play dota all day and God gonna do the rest. God showed us the way to be successful now its our choice to chose the right path. Now if we do our best in something God will be on our side. God loves every of its creation so when you just pray some other human being who was also created by God is working his ass off to achieve something. So what you think who will God help someone who stays at home and just pray or someone who work hard and pray to God?
    Interesting. I've heard people say that God helps those that help themself. But I've also heard that God helps those that can't too. And I think that if you want Gods help, you have to ask for it, but you have to really need it. And it has to be help that is lined up with His will. But you can pray for that too, to have God reveal to you if it is or not. Usually though, when He answers, it usually is to tell us of something far more important and better for us. But you make a good point and give me something to think about and learn from and I like people that do that so thank you. And yeah, I'd say the latter. Cheers and God bless.

    RM
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattforJesus View Post
    God does not answer all prayers.

    Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
    Mat 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

    Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,then God will supply your needs,for if you do not seek after His righteousness do not get upset if you do not have your needs met.

    Jas_5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

    The prayers of a righteous man avails much,not the prayers of a hypocrite.

    Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

    1Ti 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
    1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
    1Ti 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
    1Ti 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

    God provides our needs,not our wants,and some people pray amiss concerning that.

    Some prayers will be blocked,because they are not valid prayers to begin with.

    Mat 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
    Mat 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
    Mat 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
    Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
    Mat 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
    Mat 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
    Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
    Mat 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
    Mat 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

    Jesus gave the example of prayer,and it does not include any wants there,and also lead us not in to temptation,but deliver us from evil,the right attitude so that the prayers will be put to use.
    I really like this post . No sense telling the Father what you need in detail...He already knows. When you pray for others, He will see your love and THAT really impresses Him. When you pray for help to forgive those who trespass against you, He will be inclined to forgive you your own sins. And in ALL prayer, even those prayers when your down on your knees feeling most wretched and in pain, offer glory to the majesty of our Father, in Jesus name. Amen !

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    the answer to if god hears all prayer is yes and even if he didn't jesus is the mediator between us and god as stated in the bible meaning that when you believe in jesus and speak his name and teach of him he speaks to god for us for naturally as you said jesus was crucified in place of our sins so in our case the gentiles we must believe on jesus so that we have salvation otherwise we'd have to go by to a T the whole law of old which noone can do for if this were possible then there would have been no need for jesus to have been crucified I mean it is no coincidence that nearly every prayer you hear at the end is "I ask all this in jesus name" so to not acknowledge jesus is to not acknowledge god but either way you must still love god with all your heart,soul,mind,and strength it would be better to remember god and jesus in prayer is basically what I'm saying and your prayer will be heard but as to an answer as others here have said it depends on what you need not what you want,read of solomon he had wealth of gold and etc til it was of no value,and hundreds of wives and concubines,and why because he asked for "wisdom" instead of wants and god gave him more than what he asks for,when you do right for god he will give the increase you need not trouble yourself so much.

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