Does God really hear/answer our prayers? Atheists like to pose this question to Christians and other religious people to try to stump them. If God really answers prayers, then why didn’t He answer the prayer of the mother who lost her child to cancer? Why doesn’t He stop child molestation or world hunger? People are obviously praying for those things, yet nothing seems to change. It’s not only atheists who ask this question, agnostics also ask it when searching for a faith (if they are - not all agnostics believe the truth can be known). Even doubting Christians will ask this question. Perhaps they prayed very hard for something very important to them and didn’t get the answer they wanted so bad, and maybe this causes them to doubt.
If God is really all-powerful, all-loving, and good, wouldn’t He want to answer our prayers and give us what we need?
It is a very important question. And it deserves an answer. Does God really answer our prayers? I plan to write an essay with that title: “Does God Really Answer Prayers?” And I was wondering if any of you could provide information or insight that would be good to put in my essay. I will not claim all the credit for myself, I will make sure the readers know that I had help getting the essay together.
The topics I plan to discuss include:
- What is the purpose(s) of prayer?
- Why don’t our prayers seem to get answered?
- Why does God seem silent on some very important issues?
I already have a bit of information I’d like to add, but I wanted to ask for help because the people on this forum have proven to have good insights often and are very intelligent.
This is not an essay for school, it is just going to be an essay that I will share on a social media app.