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If your child asked to be fed nothing but chocolate from now on would you honor that request? You would say no, not because you don't love your child but BECAUSE you love him and know that what he's asking isn't good for him.

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Did one of yours try this on you? Haha
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Yeah, like all this kids dying of cancer, asking to live. That's clearly not good for them.
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because he knows whats best for! :)

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he answers all prayers,sometimes the answer is no

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Well he rejects prayers if they are not according to his will, according to 1 John 5:14 "And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that, no matter what it is that we ask according to his will, he hears us."
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Very good crow. Short and sweet. A good friend seems to have me blocked. Did I do anything mean here lately?
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JamesKaeberle

1 John 4:6


6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
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i don't know about you but the mods have it out for me today
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and i haven't seen you do anything mean
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JamesKaeberle
lol got bias people on here
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JamesKaeberle
God will deal with them.
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Isn't it a little sacrilegious and egotistical to suggest your god cares what people say on the Internet?
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JamesKaeberle
No not really.
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You have serious issues.
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JamesKaeberle
Yeah we know you do and it's all over the internet. I have more true friends and I'm not talking aquiantances here on the net. I'm talking real friends that would put their lives on the line for me than you'll ever have. And I've touched more lives than anyone than you will. So you can Blah Blah Blah all you want about me cause I know who my God is and I know who my Lord and Savior is. And it's such a shame your so hateful and bitter towards the one that Loves you more than anyone ever and all you do is spit in his face and say No Thank You. wow.
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He dont he may say no to some if thats the best way.

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Well, if your were God and some kid said "Please God, hit my math teacher with a comet!" wouldn't you reject that?

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Yeah, like all those kids dying of cancer or starvation. Little brats, asking to live.
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Let's not compare apples to hydraulic torque wrenches
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You're the one who implied rejected prayers were just selfish requests.
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No, if you go back and read it again you'll see that involved the kiIIing of another individual, so you can climb down off your high horse now ok?
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Then you didn't actually address the questioner's comment at all. Either you were making a general statement about rejected prayers or you ignored the actual question.
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Or maybe the point I was making was above your level of comprehension.
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God doesnot reject your prayer.He knows what is good for you.Believe in Him

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Because he doesn't exist. I mean look at it this way. If your god is going to let an older woman with cancer survive over a poor suffering hungry child in Africa, then you must not have a great god after all. America itself is majority Christian nation. There are atheist children in Africa. Jesus said that he came to seek and save the lost. With this being said, there's no possible way that an American woman with cancer could survive in comparison to an atheist African CHILD.

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I understand your argument but try looking at it from another perspective. If there is a perfect paradise that people go to after this life is over is it a terrible act of cruelty to call them there? We see it as being cut down early but that is only because we are looking at it from this side. We see the temporal life that is ending before it's customary time. But if there is a joyful eternal life on the other side then it's not an ending, but a new beginning of something even better.
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Jesus said he came to seek and save the lost. So, he's going to allow a Christian the opportunity to live and suffer more of this horrible world? But the atheist children have to starve and die and they won't be able to be saved to even see heaven.
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It always amazes me that people expect somehow that we humans, with our tiny, feeble minds, should be able to understand the reason for every minute event in an incredibly vast universe. How exceedingly presumptuous and narcissistic is that? Just because you or I are unable to understand why, in His unlimited wisdom, He allows one person to live and another to die, in no way proves or disproves His existence. We tend to take the narrow view that life = good and death = bad. This may not always be so. Sometimes - just as you said yourself - life is "horrible" and sometimes death is mercy. All we can do is help as many people as we can and believe that everything works out for the best - and this is something you can do to improve your life and the lives of others... wait for it... WHETHER OR NOT you believe in God! If the plight of starving atheist children in Africa speaks to your heart, then instead of just talking about it, feed one! ;)
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BTW, I don't believe that God holds innocents accountable to a Gospel that they have not had the opportunity to hear or understand, so IMO, they may still see heaven.
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you've said nothing. look, the guy said he came to seek and save the lost. that was a promise he made. i'm not making my argument based on the idea that he saved on person and allowed another to die, i'm making my argument based on his own words. he said what he said. get over it. the fact that there are indeed starving children in Africa proves that god and jesus do not exist. your denying this information does not prove anything.
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I'm not understanding your point of view. Although I'm trying. Just because there is suffering in the world that is not definitive of a lack of a deity. And Jesus came to save our souls. Not our bodies.
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When said deity is based on Christianity, then yes it does prove that it does not exist. And twisting words will not make an argument. Yes, he didn't come to save our bodies. But you have to realize something. Where is he now? I mean, these children in Africa are starving and he still can't seem to have made his promise. If Christianity is true and correct, then jesus has wasted his time saving a Christian woman from cancer. He wasted his time doing that, when he could have been saving young children from going to hell because they did not believe. You know how many of those children die every day? You know how many Africans die every day? A lot! That's so many souls in one day. And yet jesus is out here answering the prayers of people who don't deserve to have their BODIES saved. He won't do anything about those who deserve to have their "souls" saved. It's ;not that you don't understand my point of view; it's just that you don't want to understand it.
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Well if you knew me you'd understand how untrue your last statement is. And I do not believe that those African children you keep citing will go to hell. I see God as a father. One who takes care of us. Maybe not in the way we want to be taken care of. Just as we do as parents. Jesus said the poor we will always have among us. I don't know why this is...it is a recurring discussion between a friend and I. I have faith that there is a plan even though I may never know what it is or like it. And you seem so angry in your responses and I'm not sure why.
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Oh and where did I twist words?
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A little. I'm just getting tired of a lot of believers honestly. I kept arguing with longer responses to another one and it was hard just to even argue with her. Because she wouldn't understand anything except what she wanted to understand of course. Then, she tried to make an analogy about something scientific and it made no sense at all. I'm just getting tired of stupidity that's all.
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I get that totally. I know a lot of believers get all wound up when the existence of God is questioned. I personally believe that God is a big boy with big shoulders so he can handle a few questions. I wish I had better answers. I wish I could put my faith into words to make you understand. But I can't. It's a feeling like love. It's real but inexplicable.
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I could care less. I can explain what your feelings really are but I'd rather not offend you
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Are you sure the prayers were rejected?
There are some things that take time. Your prayers are like seeds planted in the garden of life. They may require all the necessary ingredients & cycles before the results are manifested.

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Great I like it.
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My life has had lots of seeds planted. Even with fruit trees your not suppose to leave the fruit on the branches until it is 2 to 5 years old. The roots need to be established for the tree to be strong and hearty.

I've found life to be the same.
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He rejects the prayers of the un repented sinner. All other prayers may somtimes seem He rejects because His answer is not always yes. it could be yes, no, and later.


1 John 4:6

6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

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yes God does answer prays with a yes or a no. only if He thinks that is the best thing for you. i appreciate every comment you have posted on this topic and also the Bible versed you have added. it makes it more real. you must be really close to the Lord if you believe that this is the true thing.
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God Bless!
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God does not answer requests that go against his will, or his requirements, which are in the Bible. (1 John 5:14) For example, the Bible requires that we avoid being greedy. Gambling promotes greed. (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10) So, God will not answer your prayer if you pray to win the lottery. God is not a genie that you can summon to do your bidding. Actually, you can be thankful for this. Otherwise, you might have to fear what others could ask God to do. James 4:3.

God does not listen to those who are determined to offend him by their actions. For example, God told those who claimed to serve him but acted rebelliously: "Even though you make many prayers, I am not listening; with bloodshed your very hands have become filled." (Isaiah 1:15) But if they had changed their ways and ?"set matters straight"? with God, he would have listened when they prayed to him. Isaiah 1:18.

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good answer pontes
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God hears you're prayers but some times he says no because you don't need it yet

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Sometimes you have to work things out for yourself. If a life or death issue, might just be your time to go. God helps those who help themselves. Some prayers are just a hopeful lazy way out of a dilemma

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God gives you what you need and takes away good things to give you something better.

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Sometimes you get the things you want and sometimes you don't. That's life. No prayers are rejected.and none are answered, either,, because making wishes to invisible non-entities accomplishes nothing. Acting on your desires and wants may. Or may not. That also is life.

If you wanted something and got it I can assure you there are very tangible, earthly reasons that happened not that you'll always understand those, either.

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All circumstances in your life are due to your own actions, God or gods have nothing to do with it. God does not reject your prayers, he never hears them, he does not exist. Therefore you are talking to yourself, and it is yourself that needs to move on what you need or desire.

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He doesn't answer any prayers. we don't even know if he is real and If he is actually real we still don't know if he cares about a single life.

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hey calm down sharkdart. he DOES answer prayers. He is real and He does care about a single life.
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God does not reject any prayer, He answers all prayers; some times the answer is no, unfortunately we are to loud with our begging we cannot hear Him say no.

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I believe that if someone prays to God and asks Him for something, that person probably believes that He will answer. After all, why would an unbeliever pray to a God they don't believe in? Therefore,we are talking about believing prayers. And to that question, I say that God answers all believing prayers, sometimes it's with a "yes", sometimes it's "no", and sometimes it's "I have a better way". Thank you for you great question, bye!

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From the way the question was asked, we can deduct that the asker already believes in God. The question is not if God exists, but why God rejects some prayers, under the belief that God does indeed exist. Therefore, any answers that God rejects some prayers because He does not exist are invalid, inappropriate, and unhelpful. Thank you. (I'll debate with an atheist any day, but I try to stick to the APPROPRIATE arenas.)

Besides that, there's not much to add, as there are already some great responses. God rejects prayers if we ask for the wrong thing or for the wrong reasons. We might even ask for the right thing in the right way, but still might not get it, because God is working towards a greater purpose. He always works out everything ultimately for the best and we have to trust Him. He sees and understands what we cannot - the entire, infinite universe and all the intricate, inter-workings between every thing and every creature.

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Very well said. Thank you
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Because He want to reward you more on later stage. At right time right reward.

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God rejects no prayers. He just may answer them differently than we want or understand.

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God never rejects anyone , he created you and whatever mistakes you did remember his greatest power is forgiveness and whatever reason you think he's rejecting you. Know its gods plan for you.

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he does everything for a reason(:

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Why does He choose not to answer some you mean? We cant know or understand all of Gods reasoning can we? But the following may be a few reasons:
1: Selfish/selfserving prayer. God isnt a magic genie here to grant all our wishes. He never promises us wealth and popularity or perfect health.
2: Because He knows the future He knows our request isnt right for us or for the person we are praying for
3: Answering our prayer would require violating someone elses free choice/free will.
4: To protect us from ourselves
5: Because out prayer doesnt fit His plan for us or the person we pray for.

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If you are not right with God( living in sin), God does not hear your prayers. Yet! If you sincerely cry out to God with repentance in your heart/he will hear your cry.
When he does hear your prayers, it is His choice to answer "yes, no, or wait , i have something better!
So before you pray.... Have your heart right with God. God is Holy . Man
Is sinful. Sin is the separating factor from a Holy God!

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Who can know the mind of God?
If you love him & try to please him, he will answer your prayers. Maybe not exactly when you want him to. You know the heart that doubts whether God hears him is an unstable one. I'm not implying this is you, but just have faith & say amen & wait on God. Our relationship with God is double-sided.

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God is in controll for I now the plans I have for not to prosper you not to harm to give you hope and a future

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God does not reject any prayer. He answers in His own way because He knows what's best for us. He doesn't always answer right away either because it teaches us patience as well as thy will not mine be done.

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I feel like its not so much rejecting but just knowing what's best in the long run. I'm sure in a lot of peoples lives if they had received all they had prayed for every single time there would be some things missed out on. I learned this lesson very well this year sometimes our will is not his. we may very well think we know what's best but ultimately he knows. its hard to accept especially in some of life's tough circumstances but its a truth

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One reason is at the end of your prayer you must say I ask this in the name of Jesus.Lack of faith.You have to believe with faith that he hears you.John16:23,2 You must be born from above.(born again christian)John 3:3. Spirit knows the Spirit--You must be adopted into Christ to be one of His children. John15 The true vine.Praying in His will is another.

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It's not really rejecting.Some prayers are not right, not the way it's supposed to be. He always has a better plan for us, no matter how much we think he ignores us.

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If your prayers are not according to his will - he will reject your prayer -any of our prayers - he will reject if it is not according to his will. - Also in order for God to hear our prayers - we must also meet certain requirements as outlined in the Bible. We must obey his commandments and yet his commandments are not burdensome (1 John 5:3) Having a relationship with Almighty God is the same process you follow in developing a friendship with anyone here on earth. You must study them, spend time in meditating and getting to know him and his ways.

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God never rejects any prayer

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He doesnt reject prayers you just have to be patient and trust him if what you pray for doesnt happen it doesnt mean it was rejected it may take time or he has something better in mind for you God knows what he's doing and if what you ask for doesnt happen its cause he knows what is good for you or he is working on it, just trust him. :)

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He gives you what you NEED, not what you WANT.

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He never rejects any prayer.God loves good and bad in the world. Try to visit this missionary http://www.graceaz.com/

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here's how I was taught...God IS there,but he's not there to tie your shoes or chew your gum...God has three answers to prayer, Yes, No, and Maybe...he might "reject" some prayers because he knows that you are able to solve the problem on your own...God is there for Guidance and Comfort but he is NOT your personal servant.

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He doesn't reject prayers in may not come out the way that you wanted it to but God is there and He is listening to you when you prayer. Sometimes the answer may come out in a different way or it is just Him saying that He has something better in mind for you. Also it depends on what you ask if it is something silly then that is understandable.

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They might have been said with wrong motives or a bad attitude. We should praise and thank God and desire his will at all times. We should also be willing to do what he says. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us to pray with thanksgiving, and the Lord will keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. James 4 tells us why he might reject a prayer. We must also repent. Ps. 66:18 tells us that God won't hear our prayer if we have iniquity in our hearts. I John 3:22 tells us we are heard because we are living close to the Lord. James 5:16 tells us that the fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

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You would have to define prayer first.
The closer we are to Jesus the more like Him we become.
Then our prayers flow from Him.
When they flow from Him, He can answer without fail because we are in His will not our own.
It is when we are trying to do anything in our own way, with our own resources, that we get into trouble.
It is a matter of learning God's heart then praying.
Rather than praying then saying Do what I want Lord.

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Because He knows what's best

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