Does God Listen to the Prayers of Non-Christians?

There’s that old saying that there are no atheists in foxholes, but do those foxhole dwellers need to confess that Jesus is Lord before God will grant them safety? Or does God answer every prayer offered to Him regardless of one’s standing in the Kingdom?

So, what do you think, does God listen to the prayers of non-Christians?

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29 Responses to “Does God Listen to the Prayers of Non-Christians?”

  • John says:

    Firstly, I don’t think God answers every prayer that a child of God prays, only those that are in line with His will. Jesus in the Garden on Gethsemane is an example of this. Although I suppose His prayer was answered, only the answer was “no.” If that’s the case then I suppose all prayers have been answered.

    Back to the question:
    When I thought about it the first thing that came into my mind were the many testimonies of the people that have prayed, asking to prove if God was real or not. So, I think yes.

    I’m also reminded of the Samaritan woman who asked for Jesus’ help in Matthew 15:25-27:

    But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.

    Again, the fact that they’re asking makes me think about when Jesus says: No man can come unto me except the Father draw him. Hmmm

    Take care

    • Gaven says:

      Hi I am only 20 years old but completely disagree with most of this. God is faithful, right? Well in Matthew 21:22 it says that if you faith that all of your prayers will be done. Read it. Also in Matthew 7:7 it says that ask and you shall receive, knock and the door shall open. If you ask you wil get God promises it. Maybe not how you see it like asking for money and a twenty dollar bill falls from the sky but more that you get creative ideas to make the money. Jesus said that he did not come for the well he came for the sick. Of corse he hears the prayers of the unbeleiver and is faithful to answer. Otherwise no one would be saved. I know plenty of people that became beleivers because their prayers were answered and they wearn’t saved. God is not an exclusive club, God is for everyone and wants everyone to be happy and to love even in the hardships. Keep faith when you ask for something through God keep to it and don’t lose heart.
      Thank you.

  • DM says:

    David said in Psalm 66:18 (KJV) “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” Some synonyms for iniquity include: wickedness, evil, sin, vice, injustice and crime. James 4:4(KJV)”Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” The word enmity means: hostility, hate, antagonism, bad feeling; which certainly would fall into the iniquity of Psalm 66:18 so aside from the “little children” that have not yet reached the age of accountability, the only prayer God hears from the nonbeleiver is the prayer of repentance as we do not have a direct connection with God The Father, Jesus is the mediator and until a person accepts Christ as their Savior and The Blood is applied, they don’t even know Him so how can they connect with Him?

    • Hebrews 11:6, says to me that God would not hear the prayer of a nonbeliever. But,why would a non-believer pray to a Lord he doesn’t know? I believe that the only prayer God hears from a non believer is the prayer asking for salvation. BFG

  • Brenda Chance says:

    Yes, I do believe that God answers non-christian questions as well as believers. It’s like the story of the man who had 100 sheep, and one got lost. So, he goes to find the one that was lost knowing that the other 99 were safe and prepared to meet our Savior. Who knows but that by answering the non-believers qestion that he/she might be saved.

    Blessings 4 all,
    brenda e chance

  • Billie Reynolds says:

    If God did not answer siners prayers then how would any of us be saved. The bible talks of how we are all born in sin. If we are all born in sin then therefore we are all sinners. I believe that the good Lord does answer sinners prayers. We christians know that we were once sinners until we asked God for forgiveness.

    • Billie Reynolds says:

      However I do not believe that all sinners prayers are answered. I believe that certain prayers that one need and not wants are answered. The Lord knows are needs.

  • Pete C says:

    no question about it.

  • Arun Selvakumar says:

    One who has Christ in him is a ‘Christian’ so any one who kneels down to pray to the Christ is already a christian by faith. The question is meaningless (as to me)

  • In St.John 9 31 says God hearth not sinners but we know God does hear a prayer of repentence. As also in Isaiah 65 24 says before they call I will answer so God reads your hearts bar cod and God knows if you are speaking from your heart. Also in Isaiah 59 1 says that his hand is not shorten neither his ear heavey that it can not hear. these are only a few scripters. so yes I would say God does hear sinners when they pray acording to romans 10 9 and 10 I hoped this is a helpful answer. may the lord bless you richly pastor Michaels.

  • karen haizel says:

    i think God answers the prayers of all who’ve given Him authority to do so whether they be christians or not

  • I believe if the prayer is one of repentance yes, if not then Ps. 66:18 says surely had I had sin in my heart the Lord would not have listened. In New Testament times (now) we have the witness of many things to lead us to belief, His Creation, etc. so to say we have not heard and are ingnorant of the choice is not correct. We all have the choice to believe in God.

    Don’t run from your trials.
    Everyone faces many trials; however, these trials are not in vain. God uses them to do a work in us, developing us into matu…re Christians.

    In James 1:2-4, we are told, Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. In other words, God uses the tough times in life to sharpen us, making us mature and complete Christians.

    Furthermore, God will not permit you to remain in the same trials all of your life; in His proper timing He will deliver you. Psalm 34:17 says, The righteous

  • William Lugo says:

    Throwout the history of the Bible God has displayed his unchanging position toward sin and His willingness to pardon sin. He has done and given all for us to have a redemption from sin and iniquity. God has also displayed His position to judge and destroy sin and sinners alike. He has demonstrated His grace toward us in being patient as He has given to us His Son Jesus Christ, willing to receive in forgiveness any one who will believe and receive His Son. According to His word God will hear the prayer of repentance from a sinner (one who has not believe in His Son Jesus Christ). If a men/women do not know Jesus, he/she can not pray to God with a pure heart. Psalms 66:18, 2Cronicles 7:14-15, John 1:12-13, John 3:16-21, 1Jonh1:1-10,1John 2:15-17, Revelations 21:6-8.

  • Pat says:

    Matthew 5:45 says he rains on the just as well as the unjust. I believe if the sincerety is there and the prayer is one that would bring about a positive spiritual change, then, YES.

  • henry pang says:

    Yes! I did. I cried out to God when I was not a believer yet and He answered my cry.

  • Blessing says:

    all have sinned fall short of the glory of God.

  • Bob Smith says:

    Two factors determine whether God answers the prayers of non-Christians: The sovereign will of God, and the attitude of the human heart. God is not inclined to answer even the believers prayer if it is asked with selfish motives. God is also not a lucky charm for whomever prays to him, but one prayer of the unbeliever will assuredly be answered by God: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13

  • Laura Victoria says:

    It did for me and the response of an amazing visitation by the Holy Spirit lead to my being born again about 5 years ago.

  • I dont have a scrptural refrence that I can use to answer the qustion but the truth of the matter is god does not answer prayers from non christions.God requrs every on to get born again first then one can ask god of anything.Aliving example of what Imean is you cant ask of anything from someone you dont know and expect the person to respond posetively unles you explan who you are.God wants that explanation of who you are which is the prosses of being born again first then you can pray to him and expect answers to your prayers.Thats what Ithing and thats what I belive.

  • Yes, no doubt. In Is.55:6 said to look for God,callHim through is close,
    of course, the unbeliever have to call Him directly.Never through an
    images, or through another person as catholic does, or through dead

  • Marquis C. Fleming says:

    I will go with yes the case cornelius in Acts he sent Peter to him and Cornelius was praying.

  • GVK Rao Isaac says:

    This is an easy question. Why not? He listens and is listening the prayers of all because the earth and everything there is of Him. We found God had listened and answered Cornelius in Acts 10. He heard my prayers to Him in the name of Hindu gods from my boyhood days and at the right time in 1982, He accepted me, made me Christian and anointed me for His Commission.

    Thank you, Isaac, India

  • Arron says:

    Hi everyone just came on to this forum hoping to find some answers to a tough question, do you believe that God will answer the prayer of a sincere heart to change their physical body if one believed strongly to the point of death that they were born in the wrong body, I welcome and thank you for all replies.

  • Louise :) says:

    In my heart i believe that God does liston to everyones prayers if you are christian or not as everyone in this world God loves, no matter what people have done in there life and how Good or how bad God can hear every prayer that is said all the time, as we all in this world we are Gods sons and daughters and we are all one big family.and that God loves with an unconditional love for God is love.
    And that God is there for everyone and close to everyone and holding everyones hand and is everyones strengh.

  • Margaret says:

    God listens to everyone. Especially if they call out in desperation. Who are we to say that God doesn’t listen to NON christians. Just because we HAVE been saved(but are still sinners)does not mean that GODS work is finished. WE are his diciples and are to do his work, which means, SAVING NON CHRISTIANS. i WAS once a non believer and if GOD hadn’t listened to me as the true and loving FATHER he is, i may not have been saved. BUT i am still a sinner…. God is the only one who knows the truth about a NON believer and we are here to help save non believers thro GOD our WONDERFUL PRECIOUS EVER LISTENING FATHER. who knows (beside GOD) who are reading these comments???? Pray daily for NON believers to be saved.

  • Rosa says:

    God doesn’t listen to the prayers of unbelievers or Christians who have unconfessed sin (several people have already posted verses to support this). The only prayer from unbelievers that God listens to is the prayer of repentance. To be saved, one must not only believe in Christ (because even the demons believe in Christ), but one must also turn away (the meaning of repentance) from their sins. I think when an unbeliever prays about something other than salvation and something happens the way the unbeliever wanted it to go, it is because God willed it, not because God granted their prayer. It’s true in the case if a Christian were praying for the recovery of a sick friend but that friend died. It’s not that God didn’t answer their prayer, He willed the death of that friend. God is not a magic genie so that He can grant our wishes. Who are we to question the mind of God anyway?

  • Scarlet says:

    I really do feel that God listens to anyone who calls out to him for any reason, weather they are a believer in him or not. we all need to cry out for help to someone or something in times of dispair. I am a perfect example of the need for Christ in my life. I AM a believer in Jesus Christ and in dire need of his will in my life and total direction for my good and for His Glory. In Jesus Holy name, Amen.
    I so enjoy your ministry…please pray for my soul to be saved and for every one who seeks Him.

  • Leslie Kusz says:

    This is the kind of question that I don’t think that we should really answer definitively. It involves judging whether or not someone is worthy of God’s help or not. It is a bit like asking how many angels can stand on the head of a pin, if you will excuse me for saying so.

    My answer for this does not involve judging anyone, which is the purview of God. In both Exodus 35 and twice in Romans 9, there are scriptures which state that God will show mercy on whom he will have mercy. Though I am ready to share my beliefs with anyone at any time, i know that for some people it takes many years for the seed to grow, and I never know at what stage that person is, I just share as the Holy Spirit guides me.

    I will say this, however. I worry and feel much sorrow for those who don’t know Christ and the possibility that they will not be saved. The one thought I use to help me manage to go through life without weeping all the time is the idea that God will have mercy on whom He will. And I further remember that however much I love and worry about the lost, Christ’s love and worry far exceeds mine. So I know that He will use every possible way to save everyone He can. And with that, I must be content.