4 May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed. — Psalm 20:1 NLT
When we read verses like the one above and others throughout the Bible, what thoughts go through our minds? Does this mean that we can ask God for anything and expect to get it? Is there any requirements for prayers to be of a certain form or prayed in a certain way? Is God like a huge dispensing machine where we deposit a prayer and out comes everything we asked for? Is/are there some particular thing(s) we must do before this is true? Suppose a non-Christian reads the Bible, reads these verses and prays? What answer could that person expect? Is God obligated to answer every prayer? if so, why? if not, why not?
There are two categories of people that pray; the unsaved and the saved. I believe it could easily be proven that the only prayer from an unsaved person that God is obligated to answer is a prayer of repentance. None of God’s promises besides salvation apply to the lost or unsaved. Those of us who have prayed the “sinner’s” prayer and are now the redeemed are in a different place entirely. Tomorrow a deeper look at some of these questions.