025: Does God Hear the Prayers of Unbelievers?


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With that being said, does God hear the prayers of unbelievers?

Well, because he is omnipresent (present in all places at all times) he does, in a sense, hear the prayers of all people, including unbelievers. However, it's only in Christ that we have the privilege to enter God's presence (John 14:6).

Therefore, God does not listen with an attentive ear to the prayers of those outside of Christ. His ear is only attentive towards those who are permitted to enter his presence (Psalm 5:4), and that is only granted in Jesus, who is perfectly righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21). Apart from Christ, God may hear our prayer, but we should not expect him to answer. In Christ, we may approach God with boldness (Hebrews 4:16).

With that being said, there are plenty of reasons God would not hear the prayers of someone who is a believer. For an explanation on that, check out this article.

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