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Does God Hear Sinners

Does God hear a sinner's prayer? What does the Bible say?
How does your answer agree with what the Bible says?

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Let's put this all together, "does God hear SINNERS AKA Unsaved, begging for mercy?" If one has to be saved first and THEN beg for mercy, is that FAITH?

If Jesus says I will never leave or forsake you..speaking to the saved....and I beg..Oh please Oh please Oh Please don't leave me Please don't leave.....What I exhibit here is NO FAITH in God's word or Promise. What I want is a FEELING and feelings have nothing to do with FAITH.

Faith takes God at His WORD. The MERCY seat is now forever sprinkled with the BLOOD of Christ, and Jews are told in Hebrews they can come BOLDLY to it..so why can't you!

Bold means with CONFIDENCE....begging shows NO CONFIDENCE in the Finished work of Christ.

It false humility!
---kathr4453 on 9/23/10


MarkV .... I'm sorry if I misunderstood you.

Your words were: "Second, I have no clue who the elect or even if I am one of them"

I thought you meant "Second, I have no clue who the elect or even if I am one of them"

I should I suppose have known that you meant was "Second, I had no clue who the elect or even if I was one of them"
---alan8566_of_uk on 9/23/10


Frank, God said He hears prayers according to HIS WILL. God's Will is for all to be SAVED, yet we know all will not be saved.

Those who call on the Name of the Lord SHALL BE saved...according to Romans 8:9-14. Shall BE is future tense meaning they are not already saved.

Now if one can't call on His name unless the are already saved...NO NEED to call at all, since shall be would reread IS SAVED... BUT Scripture DOES NOT SAY THAT does it!!

I really wish more intelligent people who can read were on line here! and I'm really not all that bright! But I can READ...I know verbs, nouns, past, present, future tense, prepositions....
---kathr4453 on 9/23/10


Alan, when I said I do not even know if I was one of the elect, I was talking about when God saved me. Every genuine believer believes in the gospel Truth of Christ by faith and His resurrection but are just new born believers who have to be feed by the Word of God, and as they are, they learn more and more about God and His plan to redeem those who are chosen by God. Of course I now know I am one of the elect. For I have the love of Christ. His spirit convicted my spirit that I am a child of God. Are you one? I made my assurance sure. I have no clue who else has, I can speculate by their answers but not positive. I think I have answered you as best as I can, without insulting you personally. I don't cut anyone hearts, the Word of God does.
---MarkV. on 9/23/10


Paul states even at this present time

# Romans 11:5
Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. Here Paul is talking about a remnant of Israel that are saved. AND we see with that the ELECT will NEVER bow the knee to Baal Worship, Calvin worship, pope worship, Joseph smith worship etc!

1 Peter 1:1-2

1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Peter was VERY sure of his election!!!
---kathr4453 on 9/23/10




Mark Now you show yourself to be thoroughly confused!

You say "Once saved by God's grace, I will always be saved, not because I saved myself but because He saved me, and promised me eternal life"

And yet you also say "Second, I have no clue who the elect or even if I am one of them. When I confess my sins, I have no clue what election means"

If you don't know whether you are one of the elect, how can you know you are saved?
---alan8566_of_uk on 9/23/10


MarkV ... Surely only one of the Elect would be bold enough to say "I know when I bring the Truth the Sword cuts to the heart"?

And yet you say "I have no clue who the elect or even if I am one of them"

Do you not even know whether you are saved?
---alan8566_of_uk on 9/23/10


The man healed was cast out of the temple when he said God heareth not sinners. The pharisees said "thou teachest us?"
God does not hear or answer sinners as written in Psalms.
The sinner's prayer is man's device.
The Lord said "the fields are white already to the harvest."
The word says whom he foreknew he sanctified.
In Revelation it says those who's names were not found are written in the Lamb's Book Of Life. Already there.
Christians need to make sure their names are not blotted out!
---Frank on 9/23/10


Alan, read Eph. 2:1-10. God says, "And you He made alive who were dead in traspasses and sins" When God makes you alive it is through the Holy Spirit. Who is made alive? Those who were dead in sin. They were those who were walking according to the prince of the power of the air, the lost. But now that He made them alive, spiritually, they can see, hear, and understand the gospel Truth. They are saved by grace through faith. Who saved them? God. These people who are made alive to Christ are also convicted of their sin by the Spirit. Recognizing their rebellion against God, they beg for forgiveness. And ask Christ to come into their hearts. While lost, dead to sin, they could not see their sins, or even seek God.
---MarkV. on 9/23/10


Alan 2: I am giving you an explanation. If you don't want to believe it, its ok. You don't have to. The lost don't come in prayer to God, they don't believe in God, they are separated from God. The Bible says in Romans 3, "None are righteous, no, not one, no one understands, no one seeks for God. All have turned aside, together they have gone wrong, no one does good, not even one."
God hears the prayers of those who seek Him, and only those who are made alive to Christ by the Holy Spirit seek Christ. I believe it is pretty simple. "for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." (Eph. 2:8,9).
---MarkV. on 9/23/10




1 Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Also, John tells us, if we confess our sin he is faithful and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. No where does john say, beg for mercy first.

And JamesL, your last comment on the other blog assuming I'm calvinist was wrong.

But if you believe you can live like you did before, and still be called a Christian your're wrong.

YOU BELIEVE MOSES COULD HAVE SAID: Hay Pharoah, I'm gonna be gone for a few years taking the Jews to the promise land..but don't worry..I'll be back! Get Out!
---kathr4453 on 9/23/10


Alan, look, you do not have to beg for forgiveness to God either. None of you have to if you don't feel like it. No one is begging you to do it. It is all up to you. What you decide is what your destinely holds for you. God already knows what that is. You do not have to believe in God's Grace for salvation, you don't have to believe that when God saves you you are really saved, in fact you don't have to believe in anything if you don't want. I am not forcing you. And yes there is others who think like you, of course. I know when I bring the Truth the Sword cuts to the heart. God's Word does that. Do what you want Alan, its your life, and its coming to an end soon just like mine.
---MarkV. on 9/22/10


Alan, you still don't get it. I beg forgiveness for two reason, one, because when I am convicted by the Holy Spirit I recognized all my rebellion against a Holy God, and I'm sorry for what I have done, and beg for forgiveness. Second, I have no clue who the elect or even if I am one of them. When I confess my sins, I have no clue what election means. Only God knows who they are. "I DON'T KNOW MYSELF" Is that so hard to understand? Do you not understand that God and I think different and know different things. That He knows what I do not know? Once saved by God's grace, I will always be saved, not because I saved myself but because He saved me, and promised me eternal life. Do you get that?
---MarkV. on 9/22/10


There was a certain rich man, which had a steward, and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.

And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship, for thou mayest be no longer steward.

Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig, to beg I am ashamed!


How will we ever understand?
Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
---TheSeg on 9/22/10


Donna:
//If God does not hear the prayers of a sinner, then no one can be saved. All the sinner has to do is ask out of a willing heart.//

Donna, if "all we have to do" is ask, then are you suggesting that someone can be saved without any understanding of the cross?

How does your statement gel with the bible, which says it is not by the will of man, but of God?
---James_L on 9/22/10


Kathr,
Your last couple of posts were in reference to a different topic we were engaged in. Were you upset that I got the last word before the 75th entry? This topic is whether or not God hears a sinner's prayer. So I will not entertain you with more biblical refutation of your tradition on that other topic.

Indeed, though, you said something regarding this topic that I do agree with:
"Faith doesn't BEG, faith BELIEVES!"

That was my point when I said that if we ask God to redeem you, then we obviously don't believe His promise that He already has.

But once we're justified, that issue is settled, and had/has nothing to do with our works
---James_L on 9/22/10


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Laura -- I was merely giving MY interpretation of what he said. My interpetation may not be the same as yours, but it is valid. I don't "always" answer for MarkV and am not doing so now. He is free to respond (or not) to anyone he chooses.
---Donna66 on 9/22/10


Donna66, just curious, Why do you always answer for MarkV when he won't answer for himself? That is not what MarkV said and you know it. This is what you believe.
---Laura on 9/22/10


If God does not hear the prayers of a sinner, then no one can be saved. All the sinner has to do is ask out of a willing heart.

You needn't beg, but I believe what MarkV expresses is that when you see your sinfulness in the light of God's perfection and realize that God's free gift of salvation can never be earned by anything you do...you are humbled and beyond grateful. It is only HIS grace and mercy that makes man's salvation possible.
---Donna66 on 9/22/10


Job 5:13
He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.
---Laura on 9/22/10


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////"I for one, beg God to have mercy on me a sinner"//- MarkV

Im glad Im not the only one that sees him contradict himself a lot.

If we all have a "fate" then begging gets us nothing. God will not change his mind if everything was already determined before we were even created.

Its either God offers mercy and grace because we are repentant or because he picked us. Stop flip flopping, Mark. You would be a perfect Presidential candidate.

Even though it was directed at the wrong person, James L, I loved that quote. :D

"The petals are falling off your T.U.L.I.P."
---JackB on 9/22/10


MarkV, You see what happens when you speak before you listen. You were so bent on attacking me, you forgot what you believe. You felt the need to undermine the truth of the evil of worldliness in professing Christians, of which JamesL and I were discussing, that you ran head long into the conversation, ship wrecking your own theology in the process. Have you ever heard the saying fools rush in where angels dare to tread?

Maybe you will come to the defense of Scripture next time, regardless of WHO is telling the truth! You will never LOSE out doing so!
---kathr4453 on 9/22/10


WE( the saved) DO NOT NEED to beg God to have mercy on us, because we have already obtained mercy.

BUT, If God has mercy on whom He wills and rejects whom he wills, according to MarkV, then MarkV is saying it's really given to anyone who BEGS? You can't separate Grace from Mercy.

Now MarkV is suggesting it is God who will change when we BEG .

Now I'm really confused MarkV. Are you the elect because you BEGGED God to be the elect, by begging for mercy?
---kathr4453 on 9/22/10


Sorry MarkV, you don't beleive your own doctrine.

You say "I for one, beg God to have mercy on me a sinner"

Why do that ... God has already chosen you for salvation, and it's "Once Saved Always Saved"

So there's no need for you to pray for forgivemess,
---alan8566_of_uk on 9/22/10


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James, now you know what it is to go against the wrath of Kathr. She will put you in places you never heard of, here is what she does when you disagree with her,
"However you scoffed at Moses leaving Egypt and all the glory of Egypt for Christ as being a greater reward. "Are you STILL hang out at bars picking up women with that old way of life you use to have? "
She doesn't see her own sinful nature been displayed all over the world.
Just terrible and guess what? She has a following. I really don't know what anything had to do with bars. She even spoke of my family when the subject was salvation.
---MarkV. on 9/22/10


Kathr:

Jesus was speaking of HIMSELF counting the cost. Shame on you again.

I'm sorry to have to tell you that you have followed men rather than God. The petals are falling off your T.U.L.I.P., and you're attempting to reattach them with Elmer's glue.
---James_L on 9/21/10

Well JamesL since I'm not a calvinist, I have no TULIP to worry about.

However you scoffed at Moses leaving Egypt and all the glory of Egypt for Christ as being a greater reward. Are you STILL hang out at bars picking up women with that old way of life you use to have?

True salvation delivers a DEATH BLOW to our old adam and our old adam nature. Have you considered that?
---kathr4453 on 9/22/10


Kathr, you do talk alot trying to convince others that you are knowlegeable but all the talk can only bring you hell.
First, "you claim you come to Christ whenever you feel like it with your own free will," now you claim "you can be over the pit of hell, half ways in, been held by God, and that you don't have to beg for forgiveness"
Well you know what? You don't have to beg for forgiveness. That is true. For your pride, you will get what you deserve. And you will be right, you don't have to beg for forgiveness.
I for one, beg God to have mercy on me a sinner. I will tell Him I got nothing to give in return, but my life.
---MarkV. on 9/22/10


JUDE:

Woe unto them for they have gone in the way of Cain , and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

Let's be clear God will reward. However if one claims they don't have to lose anything in this life to follow Christ WHY then should they be rewarded, and for what are they rewarded? Are we not told we would be given back 10 times what we lost?

There are ALL kinds of Rewards...even our Victory over our enemies is a reward.
---kathr4453 on 9/22/10


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JamesL, question?

WHEN did things change from when Paul preached? We are counted as sheep for the slaughter. Why are things different in 2010 than in the early Church? Maybe the Gospel of America changed that???

Are not missionaries in China, Russia and in the Islamic countries KILLED for preaching the Gospel? Or even being KNOWN Christians? Yet, here in the great ol USA, we do live like kings...no persecution or anything.

Maybe the Joel Osteen, Robert Shuller, WOF name it claim it crowd presents a cheap grace Gospel!!!

I can GUARANTEE anyone who claims to be saved and had not found it COST them something is NOT SAVED!!!
---kathr4453 on 9/22/10


1 Corinthians 4:7-17
8Now ye are full, are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you. ((The Joel Osteen crowd))
VS
--- 10We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ, we are weak, but ye are strong, ye are honourable, but we are despised.
11Even unto this present hour we hunger, thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, --- labour, reviled, persecuted, defamed, are made as the filth of the world, and are the off scoffing of all things unto this day.
14I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.
Shame Shame on you James L
---kathr4453 on 9/22/10


Does God here The sinners prayer is the question?

I think there is more going on here in terms of whether God here's a sinner when they pray!

I'm out of here ya'll can argue this one yourselves, cos God here's every prayer. He chooses who to answer with the reward of that request.

That's God business not yours or mine to judge who is worthy!
---Carla on 9/22/10


The Seg, and James L, the way I see it, I thanked God for sending Jesus to die for my sin. Faith doesn't BEG, faith BELIEVES!
---kathr4453 on 9/22/10


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kathr4453 and James_L

I believe your both right!
It is a promise of God!
And since, he said all sins will be forgiven!
Why should anyone BEG God for forgiveness?
Why should anyone even ask for forgiveness?
Why should anyone even pray for it?
It is a free gift. Thanks for clearing that up!
So many find this so hard to believe!
I truthfully believe One day even you.
Will find it hard to believe!

But, for those of you who only have a hope!
Believe the promise, pray for forgiveness.
And yes! BEG God to have mercy on us all.
Pray for us!
---TheSeg on 9/21/10


Seq,
The sinner's prayer creates false hope for several reasons. First, The gospel is not presented as someone asking to be saved, it is presented as sinners believing God's promise that HE would send (has sent) someone to redeem us from the curse of sin.

I have had many conversations with people who said a sinner's prayer, yet had absolutely no knowledge of the purpose of Jesus dying on the cross.

A sinner's prayer is the voo-doo of you-do. IF you say this prayer, God will save you? But it is self-righteousness at its worst. It seems pious but it is man's attempt to reach God.
---James_L on 9/21/10


Seq,
The sinner's prayer presupposes that a fallen sinner can find it within hiself to desire the things of God, which is anti-scriptural.

John 1:13 says we are "born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God."

Salvation is not a matter of man's will, but God's will. That prayer is a matter of the will.

A sinner's prayer proves that the person oes NOT believe the promise of God. Suppose someone promised you that they will come see you today. Would you call them afterward and ask them to come over? That would mean you didn't believe them. Same with the gospel. God already promised to redeem us. If we ask Him to redeem us, that means we don't believe He did it already.
---James_L on 9/21/10


Mima, according to scripture:


The people of Nineveh( SINNERS) prayed that Nineveh might be spared (Jonah 3:5-10). God answered this prayer and did not destroy the city of Nineveh as He had threatened.

Hagar asked God to protect her son Ishmael (Genesis 21:14-19). God not only protected Ishmael, God blessed him exceedingly.

In 1 Kings 21:17-29, especially verses 27-29, Ahab(SINNER) fasts and mourns over Elijah's prophecy concerning his posterity. God responds by not bringing about the calamity in Ahab's time.

The Gentile woman(SINNER) from the Tyre and Sidon area prayed that Jesus would deliver her daughter from a demon (Mark 7:24-30). Jesus cast the demon out of the womans daughter.
---kathr4453 on 9/21/10


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I believe The Seg gave the best answer in my opinion. When someone comes to Christ it is because God has already made him alive to Christ. The first thing they do is to come before the Lord, get on their knees and beg for forgiveness and they will be forgiven.
---MarkV. on 9/16/10

Nowhere are anyone asked to BEG for forgiveness to be forgiven. THAT's not the Gospel OR Justification. When one believes that Christ died for their sin, God Justifies them. God right then imputes the Righteousness of Christ to them. God justified the ungodly. Justification however is not the New Birth. Justification is your legal position before God.

No where do I see Cornelius BEGGING God for forgiveness after believing Peters REPORT..the Gospel!
---kathr4453 on 9/21/10


I don't know how far you take a sinners prayer or The sinners prayer.

A sinner is you or me we either sin more or less than the average, all in none repentant sinners that don't believe,

What's the different, we try to sin less and after sanctification, dedication, mush prayer and fasting, We within sight of spiritual living which is where we set aside all out imperfections,idols, vanity, self, and see the true worship of God spiritually and live according to Jesus's example of perfection(spiritually). God will take care of the Physical.

that's after the sinners prayer as I know it a pilgrims Journey.
---Carla on 9/21/10


Hebrews 11:6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Acts 8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
Luke 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.(+v14)
---micha9344 on 9/21/10


A sinner's prayer requires no understanding of the cross. It is unbiblical, and creates false hope.
---James_L on 9/20/10


Are you sure?
I always believe in order for a man to pray.
He must have some kind of belief in what he is praying to.
Because if he doesnt believe it. Why would he pray?

From Wikipedia
A Sinner's prayer
is a Christian term referring to any prayer of repentance, spoken or read by individuals who feel convicted of the presence of sin in their life and desire to form a personal relationship with God through his son Jesus Christ.

I dont know James. Im not Christ, but didnt he say some like this?
And how can a pray to God create false hope?
---TheSeg on 9/20/10


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"Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any person be a worshipper of God, and does his will, that person he hears." Jn.9:31.
---Eloy on 9/21/10


Carla:
"Of course God hears sinners prayers otherwise how would we be saved."

Well, since God doesn't hear the prayers of sinners, I guess He expects us to be saved the way He requires - by believing His promise of our Redeemer, not by saying a prayer.

Romans 4:21-24 "and [Abraham] being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform. Therefore it was credited to him as righteousness. Now not for his sake only was it written that it was credited to him, but for our sakes also, to whom it will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead."

A sinner's prayer requires no understanding of the cross. It is unbiblical, and creates false hope.
---James_L on 9/20/10


Of course God hears sinners prayers otherwise how would we be saved.

He said that: thou our are sins be red as crimson he would wash them white as snow.

He said if he be lifted up that he would draw all men unto him.

He said he came for the sinners to repentance and the saved already have him so why would he turn his back rather if you are saved and do not continue to abide in him and sin he said when our calamity comes he would laugh at us, so either your hot or cold because being in between is no good.
---Carla on 9/20/10


Matthew 18:12-13 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that [sheep], than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way, and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Matthew 9:13 But go ye and learn what [that] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
---micha9344 on 9/20/10


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No, God does NOT hear a sinner's prayer. Bible is clear that we are either a sinner or a saint, and that is determined by whether of not we have faith in Christ.

Paul never wrote to the sinners at Rome, or the sinners at Ephesus, etc. He wrote to the SAINTS.

We are justified by FAITH, not by prayer.

We are justified by believing God's promise of His Redeemer, Christ.

If someone promised you they're coming to your house, then you call them two days later to ask if they'll come over, you obviously didn't believe their promise. By the same, if you ask GOd to save you, you obviously don't believe His promise about Christ. He already promised it, just believe it.
---James_L on 9/19/10


The saint is not the sinner, not is the sheep the goat, nor is the wheat the tare, for these are two wholly separate beings, one bears good fruit from Christ, and the other rotten fruit not from Christ. And if a person is sinning they are in condemnation and not in salvation. When a person is truly saved, they are righteous even as Christ who dwells in them is righteous. But a sinner is wholly lost and without Christ until they repent and become born-again.
---Eloy on 9/20/10


MarkV
Do you have a Christianet login? If so feel free to write me using my id Bruce5656. If not let me know.
---Bruce5656 on 9/18/10


Obviously, God hears a sinner's prayer. We are all sinners. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Rom 3:23)

Now, if all have sinned, it is a sure thing that God hears the sinner.

Some will say, "but I am saved!" But the truth is that unless one has stopped sinning completely (and I don't know anyone who has, especially me) then one is still a sinner.
---ZedEx on 9/18/10


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You know so many say, I believe in God.
But I find in what some say, they dont believe god.

Like when they read, God does not hear sinners or unbelievers.
You know! Just as well as me. God see and hear everything!
If you dont believe this, then what do you believe?

I will ask you this. Who do you think God is longing to hear from, a believer or an unbeliever, a sinner or a sinner? For all have sinned!

And I will say this too! He is waiting for you both.
But not so you would say, I believe in him! He does not need your validation.
We need his! But to believe him, not in him, but him!
In all things!
---TheSeg on 9/18/10


i think there is a difference between unbelief and non-belief.
---aka on 9/18/10


Luke 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

Luke 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
---micha9344 on 9/18/10


No God does not hear a sinner are unbelievers prayer because you first must have salvation and be able to pray in the spirit only.

(1Cor 2:14 [NET])
The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
---Royal on 9/17/10


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Bruce, great, I was hoping that is what you meant. And hoping you did not mean that verse 33 was speaking for the lost. Thank you for clarifying your stance. What background are you from, if I can ask that? You do not have to respond to that if you feel others will attack you in some way. That is fine.
---MarkV. on 9/17/10


MarkV
The previous verses addres someone who has willfuly rejected all appeals of the spirit to their soul. In our terms the unsaved who refuse to accept Christ.

v33 Addresses the one who has accepted the wooing of the Holy Spirit and committed their ways to God. Again, in our terms, the one who has accepted God's grace (the saved). The chapter is a stern warning with v 33 reminding us that it does not have to be that way.
---Bruce5656 on 9/17/10


Bruce, you said,
"thankfully there is verse 33" I do not believe verse 33 helps the lost. In fact they cannot hear, see, are percieve the Words of God. Jesus mentions that "Only His sheep hear His voice" Here in the context only those who have faith in God will hear. So that the passage reads
"But whoever listens to Me will dwell safely, And will be secured, without fear of evil"
I believe The Seg gave the best answer in my opinion. When someone comes to Christ it is because God has already made him alive to Christ. The first thing they do is to come before the Lord, get on their knees and beg for forgiveness and they will be forgiven.
---MarkV. on 9/16/10


In some cases YES, in some cases NO. If a sinner is convinced in his/her heart to repent and asks God for help to turn a new leaf, God hears such prayers. If a sinner is not ready to change and asks God for uncommon gifts(common gifts=air to breath, rain/sun on farm) God may not respond.
---Adetunji on 9/16/10


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John 9:31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

Proverbs 28:9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.


Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, that he will not hear.

Isaiah 59:3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity, your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
---francis on 9/15/10


God heard the prayers of Mose's when the people of Israel complained in the wilderness didn't he? ....Mose's was a sinner, he killed an Egyptian didn't he? So yes since God gave man each soul he hears the rightous and the unrightous.
---tonne on 9/15/10


TheSeq, I think I made a mistake in the word that I used - I see that now.

NOT a deal, but a promise. I made a promise to God. Not sure why I was thinking a deal.

I promised Him My heart if he would just do this one thing for me. Remember I wasn't saved, so I didn't know the proper words to use, the proper way to pray, I knew nothing about God except He existed.

My sincere apologies for using the word deal, I mean PROMISE. I made a PROMISE to God. Thank you so much for correcting me.
---Donna5535 on 9/15/10


I got to ask you. Do you really think, in truth now!
God plays lets make a deal?
And he saves you because, you made a deal?
Is this really what you believe, about God?
A lot of people believe what they read.

I can only speak from experience too. I was and am a non-practicing Ex-Catholic for many years now,
I have learned to respect all religion and I do!
I go into any church I want and have never felt void of God. I have always known!
I dont pray, well maybe not the way most do.
I find my prayer in reading the bible. Over and over again cant get enough of it.
I love hearing it even as I sleep!
GodBless!
---TheSeg on 9/13/10


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I can only speak from experience. I was a non-practicing Catholic, didn't go to church, void of God. Didn't pray, didn't care, etc.,

I did not pray a sinners prayer until I was 24. Yet when I was 21, I made a deal with God directly (not through Jesus, and not in Jesus name). God answered my prayer and gave me what I asked Him for.

Then 3 years later, God came back to me and reminded me of the deal I made with him and I kept up my end at that time. I got saved.

So YES God does hear ALL Prayers...ALL have sinned and come short of the Glory of God. It doesn't say ALL have sinned except Tom, Joe, Dick and Harry and Mary (Jesus's mother).
---Donna5535 on 9/13/10


Tom2
please, forgive me a sinner!

You say, you know or is it you believe?
1Co 4:4

God doesnt make deals with a non believer
Does he make deals with anyone?
Rom 3:23

I take it you believe, a believer is better than a nonbeliever.
Rom 11:32

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Is this a lie?
So than we are all nonbeliever, till he says so!
So then
Rom 11:18

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
1Co 4:5

Is the cup half full or half empty?
---TheSeg on 9/12/10


I know God hears a repentent sinner,but God doesn,t make deals with a non believer. You know the kind where God if you exist and you do this ,then I will believe.
---tom2 on 9/12/10


Two men went up into the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Think about it!
---TheSeg on 9/11/10


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Yes, according to Psalm 32:3-5 the sinner's prayer is Biblical. Jesus is Lord God, and the Sinner's Prayer is Psalm 51.
---Eloy on 9/11/10


John 9:31 declares, We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will. It has also been said that the only prayer that God hears from a sinner is the prayer for salvation. As a result, some believe that God does not hear and/or will never answer the prayers of an unbeliever. In context, though, John 9:31 is saying that God does not perform miracles through an unbeliever. First John 5:14-15 tells us that God answers prayers based on whether they are asked according to His will. This principle, perhaps, applies to unbelievers. If an unbeliever asks a prayer of God that is according to His will, nothing prevents God from answering such a prayeraccording to His will.
---Lea on 9/11/10


By His very nature as God (omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent) the answer is yes. Will He always answer? Not necessarily.
Here is one scripture that demonstrates that God will not always answer.
Read Proverbs 1

Proverbs 1:26-28, "I also will laugh at your calamity, I will mock when your fear cometh, ...Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer, they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:"

Thankfully there is verse 33!
---Bruce5656 on 9/11/10


Mima, the answer to you question is yes.
If He did not, no one would be saved.
For "There is none righteous, no, not one," Rom. 3:10
The only righteousness that man can attribute to himself, is the righteousness that the Father has attributed to him in Christ Jesus. 2Cr 5:21
"He that does righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous." 1Jo 3:7
"If [we] know that He is righteous, [we] know that every one that does righteousness is born of him." 1Jo 2:29
The only truly righteous act available to man, is man's implementation of the unwavering confidence and trust, that man professes to have in Him and His word to man, and without His empowerment, even the aforementioned would not be possible.
---josef on 9/11/10


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God does hear the prayer of the sinner, if he didn't, there would be no one repenting in the process getting - being - staying saved. Matt.24 v 13.
---Lawrence on 9/10/10


I KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE> God initiates it. He does all the work. It's part of the new birth, which Jesus talks about. "You must be born again".
---catherine on 9/10/10


Proverbs 28:9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.


Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, that he will not hear.

Isaiah 59:3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity, your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
---francis on 9/10/10


As I keep on asking, which of us here is NOT a sinner?
---Cluny on 9/10/10


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In order for God to receive all prayers from his own people/Christians they must go through his son,that is why people pray to the Father in Jesus Name. They must have belief in Jesus and faith in God,through Jesus. In other words one must have a working relationship with God. God hears the sinners prayer of repentance. John 9:31 Now we know that God hears not sinners:but if any man be a worshipper of God,and does his will,him he hears.
---Darlene_1 on 9/10/10


If the sinner repents of sins, then prays - then yes, God does hear this prayer. If you pray with unrepented of sin, then your prayers are NOT heard, because God is holy and you can ONLY approach Him by the holy blood of Jesus. Unrepented of sin is NOT covered by the blood, therefore, God will NOT hear you.
---Leslie on 9/10/10


Does God not hear all prayers?
---alan8566_of_uk on 9/10/10


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