||Bible Question: It says in the Bible somewhere that God does not hear the prayers
of unbelievers. Where does it say that and what do you have to
say about the topic. How do we explain this to a non-Christian?
Bible Answer: What does God hear? What does God know? There is nothing that
God does not know. There is no prayer that any man or woman has
ever offered that God does not know about,
||O Thou who dost hear prayer, To Thee all men come. (NASB) Psalms
He knows the content of every prayer ever offered. There is a difference between God hearing our prayers and God answering our prayer as we had desired. The question before us is, "Does God answer the prayers of non-Christians, that is, unbelievers or those who reject Him?"
When God Rejects Prayer. One time I heard a person say that God did not answer his/her prayers. I stopped and asked myself, "Is that true?" As I thought about the comment, I realized the person was really saying God did not give the person what he wanted. God always answers prayer. Sometimes the answer is no. Sometimes the answer is yes. God answers every prayer ever offered to Him but not necessarily like we want.
So, how does God decide when to give us what we want? Or,
when does He say "yes!" The first clues come in 1 Peter 3:12 and
1 John 5:14,
||FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE UPON THE RIGHTEOUS, AND HIS EARS
ATTEND TO THEIR PRAYER, BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE
WHO DO EVIL. (NASB) 1 Peter 3:12
And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if
we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (NASB) 1 John
God says "yes" to the prayers of the righteous and to prayers
that are according to His will. If you are righteous and asking
according to God's will, He hears you!
||He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his
prayer is an abomination.. (NASB) Prov. 28:9
So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes
from you, Yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen.
Your hands are covered with blood (NASB) Isaiah 1:15
If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear; (NASB)
These passages tell us God will not hear the prayers of the wicked
or things inconsistent with His will. And God will not answer
the prayers of Christians either, if they are unrepentant (notice
the word "regard").