People everywhere pray. Most people believe in some kind of a god to whom they pray. In every culture there are a multitude of people who pray. God instilled in the human soul the need to believe in God and pray. I can’t speak with authority on whether or not the prayers of people who have no understanding at all of Christ or God as He reveals himself to be in the Word are heard or answered by God. I will let those far more knowledgeable than I am decide that. I do know that God holds us accountable for what we do know and understand.
God knows the heart and those who are sincerely seeking to please Him. He knows those who desire to do what is right before Him but lack the knowledge and understanding to live by the law. He is just and merciful and will respond to their prayers according to their righteousness and faith.
Our verse today addresses those who do have a knowledge and understanding of God’s laws and ignores them. These are people who do not consider it important to take what God says seriously. They have a head knowledge of the truth, but not a heart knowledge of it. They show by their living that they don’t respect who God is. They take for granted what God says and do not seek to live it.
God rejects the prayers of those who do not live by the Word of God. He does not hear those who ignore Him. It is serious business to know what God says and do nothing about it. All the prayers in the world will not be heard by God where sin, and not Christ, rules. God gives us His Word to make us holy and productive servants of Him. He demands that we submit to His authority over us. There is no mercy for those who ignore God’s Word.
If you are having problems with God answering your prayers, you need to look carefully into His Word to see if you are missing something there very important for you to apply to your life. You need to let the Spirit examine your heart and show you where you need to repent and change.
God hears and answers the prayers of those who are striving to live by His Word.