Does God hear the prayers of UNBELIEVERS?
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Question: Does God listen to and ANSWER the prayers from unbelievers and sinners?
Answer: Everyone will learn of God at some point in their existence. Until the time a person is called to repent they are considered unbelievers, not born again, sinners, etc. Let us take a look at a few verses to see when God will not hear or answer those who pray to him. First, God's ears are open to the cries of humanity in general, as Job 34 states.
21 He watches every step we take. 22 There is no darkness dark enough to hide a sinner from God. 26 He punishes sinners where all can see it, 27 because they have stopped following him and ignored all his commands. 28 They forced the poor to cry out to God, and he heard their calls for help. (Job 34, TEV)
There are times, however, when God will not listen to those who do evil or who REFUSE to listen to HIM and reject obeying His laws and commandments:
12. Because the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their supplications. But the face of the Lord is against those who practice evil. (1Peter 3:12)
24. Because I called, and you refused to hearken, I stretched out my hand, and no one paid attention; 25. But you have despised all my counsel and would have none of my reproof. 26. I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear comes; 27. When your calamity comes like a storm, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, when trouble and pain come upon you, 28. Then they shall call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me. (Proverbs 1:24-28, see also Job 35:13, Proverbs 28:9, Daniel 9:13-14)
"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)