Does God hear your prayers if you’re naughty?

As a national Christian speaker, I hear this question all the time. Will God answer my prayers if I’ve been naughty?

There are those who will tell you that God does not listen to the prayers of sinful people. I’d have to disagree. If being naughty disqualified you from having God’s ear, no one would have it.

  • Especially not a murderer like Moses or Paul.
  • Hotheads like Peter and Samson would certainly be disqualified.
  • Rebels like Jonah and Abraham would never get God’s attention.

Listen up, Girlfriend, God already died to pay for whatever naughty you’ve done. He loved you enough to die for you and certainly He loves you enough to answer your prayers.

You’re the obstacle to God

Now it’s true that if you have a huge sin in your life, it could be an obstacle to hearing from God. But that’s on you. God doesn’t distance himself from us. Our shame and guilt keeps us from approaching him

I recently had a falling out with a girlfriend. I hurt her feelings causing a rift between us. Consequently, I did not go out of my way to see her or call her or run into her. I even avoided going to places where I knew she’d be! The tension between us made me want to avoid her. It wasn’t until I acknowledged my mistake, apologized and asked her to forgive me did I want to spend time with her again.

The same is true when I hurt God. When I am being naughty or haven’t dealt with my sin, I do not want see him, or hear him or be with him … until I admit my misstep, say I’m sorry, and ask him to forgive me. Only then will I want to spend time with him. Only then will I feel worthy to approach him. 

God hears your prayers.

If God didn’t listen to the prayers of naughty people like me … and maybe like you, he wouldn’t hear anyone’s prayers.

But he does. The Bible says so. Jer 33: 3 says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”  God is on the edge of his throne waiting to hear from you. 

Remember God already knows all about your “naughty” and has paid the penalty for it with Jesus’ death on the cross. 

The Lord loves to hear from naughty people like me … and you… so he can tell us that we’re forgiven and we’re loved, and that he has wonderful plans for us.

Your turn. 

What’s holding you back from talking to God today? Don’t let the lie that God won’t listen to the prayers of naughty people keep you from connecting with Him. 

Verse of the day: Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. – Hebrews 4:16

Prayer: Lord God, I am so thankful that you are always at the ready to hear from me, guide and direct me, forgive me and reset me. Thank you for a do-over every time I need one. Your love sets me free. Amen. 

6 Comments

  1. Kay Zehr on March 8, 2021 at 1:48 am

    Thank u, Robyn for your care & concern! Also for your encouraging words. I am & have been doing fine, for which I am very thankful for! God has been so good to me & my family! I cannot thank him enough for all He is & has been to us! I hope you have stayed safe & well this past year & pray you have a happier year ahead! ??

    • Robyn Dykstra on March 9, 2021 at 1:59 pm

      Kay – I receive and agree with those prayers for the future. 🙂 Appreciate you!

  2. Connie Boyter on March 8, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    Thank you SO much for this post! It is EXACTLY what I so desperately needed to be reminded of: that God is always there for us! Thank you for always being who YOU are> Stay well!

    • Robyn Dykstra on March 9, 2021 at 1:57 pm

      I am so glad! I appreciate you telling me. It’s encouraging to me!

  3. Judy Cunningham on March 9, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    I am so glad God listens to naughty people, otherwise I wouldn’t be saved and walking with Him, thank you for your encouraging words! It seems that when I need an extra word He knows just what to give to me! I have been trying to grow, going deeper into my daily devotions , which means multiple sources, and I love reading what the Lord puts on your heart Robyn!

    • Robyn Dykstra on March 9, 2021 at 3:35 pm

      Amen to that, Judy! Thanks for posting. I appreciate you!

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