When Prayers Are Not Heard

“O Lord God Almighty, how long will your anger smolder against the prayers of your people? You have fed them with the bread of tears; you have made them drink tears by the bowlful. You have made us a source of contention to our neighbors, and our enemies mock us.”Psalm 80:4-6

The words of this psalm are a plea for God's restoration to the chosen people. I was especially cognizant of the first verse in this passage – “how long will your anger smolder against the prayers of your people?” Does this make it clear that God doesn't always listen to the prayers of the unrighteous?

This wouldn't be the only time we see this concept in the Bible. Matthew 7:21-23 tells us, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” It seems clear to me that prayer recitations and meaningless repetition have no effect on God's ear – but, rather, He is pleased by a broken ego and a truly repentant heart.


1 Response to “When Prayers Are Not Heard”

  1. October 23, 2012 at 10:53 am

    And a child-like openness & honesty… and love.

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