I had dinner with some friends from church last night, and one of the more learned friends made a statement that at first I objected to, but the more I think about it, the more validity it seems to have. My question:
Does God hear the prayers of the unrepentant sinner?
In my own walk to faith in Christ, God answered a specific prayer in a miraculous way so that I could not misinterpret it. As I had not yet given my life to Christ, I assumed God answered it as He saw the path it would lead me.
My friend points out that “no one get through the Father except through me” that Jesus says is part of the New Convenant, so even if I could find an OT example of God answering a prayer, it would count. God cannot abide sin and sin hides the face of God from us, so God doesn’t hear our prayer until we ask Jesus into our lives.
And what about my answered prayer? My friend contends that God answered it because *others* prayed for me, and God knew exactly what I needed. So he answered the prayer not because He heard me, but because in His omniscience, He knew what I needed.
What do you think? And what scripture backs up your opinion?