“Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.”
Once most people determine that someone studies the Bible, the most popular response to hearing that information is to ask a question.
One of the most frequently asked questions (in a face-to-face situation) has to do with the sincere-sounding plaint
“Why aren’t my prayers being answered?”
(or some variation on this theme.)
The person who asks ALMOST ALWAYS attends a church and ALL seem genuinely interested in getting an answer which satisfies their curiosity.
And again, their curiosity appears to be driven by a true sincerity.
As one man put it,
“Hey, I go to church. I show up EVER Sunday. I never miss putting my envelope in the collection plate. If the church needs someone to do something extra, like fixing a step that’s busted, I ALWAYS volunteer and usually get stuck with doing the job. So why aren’t my prayers being answered? That’s all I want to know!”
That question certainly seems to come from someone who REALLY wants an answer.
So, it’s hard to tell such a sincere-sounding person that they are most likely lost.
And God does NOT hear the prayers of the lost: the foolish, wicked, evil sinners.
“He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.”
Sometimes–though it may be hard to say aloud–the simplest answer is the best answer.
Though it is hard to bring up the topic that the person might be lost, it HAS to be said.
Otherwise, how is one to ever change the path he is on–if changing paths is something he wants to do.
OF COURSE, once one raises the possibility that the questioner is not saved, there are protests.
“I pay my tithes, I show up at church, I teach Sunday School…what else do you have to do to be saved?”
At this point, the conversation usually boils down to asking a question of the one who originally asked HIS question about his prayers not being answered.
“Well, you either believe the Bible or you don’t.”
Practically EVERYONE insists they DO believe God’s Word, but when God’s Word is not agreeable with their outlook, they get VERY defensive.
“Are you trying to say I’m a sinner? Is that what you’re saying?”
“The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.”
“All I’m saying is that YOU complained that your prayers weren’t being answered. The Bible is fairly clear why this is. You don’t agree, you’ll have to take that up with God.”
This doesn’t seem to make the person who originally asked the question feel any better.
BUT, if feeling good is what the person wanted, then they SHOULD have posed their question to their local pastor.
HOWEVER, local pastors are not unfamiliar with questions about their congregations NOT experiencing the power of God.
Just where do all of these church-goers get the idea that they so not have the true power of God?
Apparently, at least some still believe parts of God’s Word and question why their lives lack so much that they are promised in the Bible.
Actually, this may be why so many churches manufacture their own “power of God” moments for their congregations. To contrive such feelings, powerful music, thumping bass speakers, incense-spiced air, chanting the same phrase or song chorus repeatedly and other schemes are unleashed upon the church folk to make them believe they are experiencing a “move of God.”
It is about this time in the conversation when it is pointed out that God’s Word is FULL of the many times God promises to NOT hear the prayers of those who do not fear Him or do NOT keep his commandments.
The other person is usually not very impressed. IN FACT, the other person is more concerned that someone might think he is NOT a Christian.
It is also about this time in the conversation when it is pointed out that once one becomes a Christian–a believer–then one will no longer be asking the question, “Why aren’t my prayers being answered?”
“Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.”
DOES the reader belong to a local church?
DOES the reader ever wonder about why he does not experience the power of God as it promises in God’s Word?
DOES the reader then shrug and say to himself, “I must be doing something wrong“?
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: November 20-22, 2020.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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