Tuesday, 19 November 2013 23:47

Prayer and Communication: Who Does God Hear

Written by Minister MarcAlan

 

A little information about who God Hears when it comes to prayer and communication: 

 

The word “hear” means to listen with attention, to perceive or apprehend by the ear, to take testimony or gain knowledge from.

 It comes from the Greek word “hupakouó” or hypakoú? .. which is formed from 2 words.. /hypó, "under" and /akoú?, "hear"...Which means  I listen, attend to, obey, answer or  fully compliant and responsive,  attentively listening.

 

An example of hearing would be a musical engineer listening to a song to hear a specific instrument or sound..In order to hear that  sound the engineer might have to turn down or adjust the volume levels of the other instruments in that song..So the sound he wants to hear can be heard. 

 

Our prayer life can be likened to a song. If you want God to hear you.  Before you pray you need to turn off the sin in your heart. and Clear your conscience with God.  This means repenting, and forgiving others.  

 

In

Mark 11: 24-25 24  Jesus said.. “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. 25But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.f”..

 

Notice that after Jesus told his disciples they can pray for anything..He then said “But First”..The “but first” means you need to do something before you pray..That something would be clearing your conscience.

 

In

Matthew 5: 23-24 Jesus said “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

 

Again we see the Word “First”..And again Jesus is telling us to go and clear our conscience before we communicate with God or even enter into the Lords presence.  

 

In Psalms 145 18 it is written.. The LORD is close to all who call on him,yes, to all who call on him in truth.

 

It does not say the Lord is close to everybody who calls on him. But Instead it says God is only close to those who call on him in truth.

The word Truth is another indication of our minds and hearts needing to be clear before we call on the Lord. The only way you can call on the Lord In truth is to have a clear conscience through repentance.

 

In Proverbs 15: 29 it is written.. The LORD is far from the wicked,but he hears the prayers of the righteous.

 

So now we are told that the Lord is far away from the wicked but “hears” the righteous....So again we have the indication of a clear conscience and heart..In order for a person to be righteous they have to have a clear conscience through repentance before God. 

 

In  James 4: 3 James said  “And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.”

 

James is speaking about what is inside their hearts..They are unable to get their prayers through because their hearts are wrong..If your heart is wrong then you are not righteous..You are not living In truth and your conscience is not clear before God.

 

In James 5: 16 James said “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”

 

Again we are told to confess before prayer..Another example of clearing your conscience..We are told that the prayers of the righteous produces results..

 

In 1 John 1: 9 John said “ But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. “

 

Again we see the connection..We have to confess and clear our conscience so God can cleanse our hearts and we can then communicate with God. We know this because the Lord is far away from the wicked so as long as we have wickedness In our hearts God will not hear us. 

 

 

 

In 1 John 1: verse 10 John said “If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.


 

 

This means that none of us are excused from having to clear our conscience before we communicate with God.

 

In 

Jeremiah 11: 14 God tells Jeremiah  “Pray no more for these people, Jeremiah. Do not weep or pray for them, for I will not hear them when they cry out to me in distress. “

 

God clearly tells Jeremiah that He will not hear the prayers of the people...And why wont He hear them...Because the people would not repent...

 

In  Matthew 7: 22-23 Jesus said  “On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.”

 

Now Jesus clearly says..”I will reply that I never knew you”..If God heard everybody when they attempted to communicate or prayed Jesus would not be able to say..”I never Knew you”..Because God cant hear people and then not know them..And anybody that God hears..Jesus Knows..Anybody that Jesus knows....God hears..

 

If you excuse the scriptures about clearing your conscience before you pray to God....That would mean that a person could pray and ask God to help them live in sin and that God would hear them..But can a man be In the middle of a   crime or a sin against God and pray to God that nobody catches him or that he receives no consequences for his sin and then expect God to hear his prayer. Of course not.

 

There is no scripture that states God hears everybody when they pray..And Jesus Christ never said that God hears everybody when they pray. So don't be deceived or confused about these things..Study the Word and the scriptures and  ask the Holy Spirit for understanding about prayer and communication with God...Faith..Hope..Love 

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