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Wordwise Insight, Issue #140
April 14, 2016


BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Does God answer the prayers of the unsaved?

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Answered Prayer

QUESTION: What is your view on whether God answers prayer by believers for those who are not yet believers, about things other than their salvation (such as illness, or difficulty of some kind). And does God answer the prayers of unbelievers?

ANSWER: These are good questions. Prayer is both the responsibility and the great privilege of believers (Lk. 18:1; Col. 4:2; I Thess. 5:17). Christians are on what we might call “praying ground,” because of our standing in Christ. Through faith in Christ we are born again of the Spirit, become part of the family of God (Jn. 1:12-13), and are even heirs of the King, through Christ (Gal. 4:7).

Because of this standing, we have the right to “come boldly” (with cheerful confidence) before the throne of God, and not only worship and praise Him, but make our petitions to Him (Phil. 4:6-7; Heb. 4:15-16). “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry” (Ps. 34:15). We do need to keep in mind, however, that sometimes the answer of an all-wise God is “No” (II Cor. 12:7-10). That is an answer too, as is, “Wait. Not yet.”

1) Among those petitions will be our prayers for the salvation of those who are still outside of Christ (Rom. 10:1). The Lord will not answer such prayers by saving them against their will. As William MacDonald put it, “He is not going to populate heaven with people who don’t want to be there.”

However, the Spirit of God may deal specifically with the individual in answer to prayer, perhaps by bringing new conviction of sin, or by sending someone into their lives who will witness to them, or by leading them to watch a Christian television program. The decision to trust in the Saviour or reject Him is theirs. But I believe the Lord will ...

(To read the remainder of this article, click on Answered Prayer.


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I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.

But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!

Through 2010, almanac entries dealt with what happened in hymn history on each day of the year. Beginning in 2011, I hope to analyze hymns from a biblical standpoint, linking to the material that has come before.

My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.

What happened on this day in hymnology? To find out, click Wordwise Hymns.

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