Does God answer the prayer of a sinner?

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God Answers the Prayer of a Sinner

God certainly answers the prayer of a sinner when the latter seeks Him with all his heart. The Bible gives us many examples of that:

The evil people of Nineveh prayed repentantly that Nineveh might be saved from God’s destruction (Jonah 3:5-10). And God answered their prayers and did not destroy their city as He had warned.

Hagar asked God to protect her son Ishmael from death (Genesis 21:14-19). And God answered her prayer.

The evil King Ahab fasted and mourned over Elijah’s prophecy of judgment concerning his posterity (1 Kings 21:17-29). And God answered his prayers by not bringing about the calamity during his time.

The Gentile woman from the Tyre and Sidon prayed with faith that Jesus would deliver her daughter from a demon (Mark 7:24-30). And Jesus answered her prayer and cast the demon out of her daughter.

God does make promises that are applicable to all that ask with all their hearts. He said, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). The Lord is merciful even to the sinners “for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45).

God Blesses the Righteous

As for those that are already walking with the Lord, there are far exceedingly greater promises. Believers can go boldly to the throne of grace to find help in time of need (Hebrews 4:14-16). They can ask for anything according to God’s will, and He will hear and give them what they ask for. Here are some of God’s promises to His faithful:

“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matthew 21:22).

“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13).

“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).

“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him” (1 John 5:14-15).

Therefore, believers can be certain that if they ask regarding their salvation, the Savior will be more than ready to hear them. This assurance holds true for the smaller as well as the greater things in life. He who numbers the hairs of their head is not indifferent about the lesser things (Matthew 10:29–31).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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