How to Pray so God Listens | Bible Devotion

How to Pray so God Listens | Bible Devotion

Is God listening to your prayers? Sometimes the answer is, No. Here’s how to pray so God listens, and responds to you.

In this Bible Devotion out of Luke 18 and Job 35, Pastor Nelson looks at some reasons why God ignores our prayers and how to make sure God is listening.



Key Passages :

  • Job 35:13
  • Luke 18:9–14



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How to Pray so God Listens | Bible Devotion

Video Transcript:

Have you ever had the impression that God wasn’t listening to you. Like God was just plain ignoring you? You prayed, but received no answer. You worshiped, but didn’t feel any connection.

Now, here’s the part where, I’m suppose to reassure you that God is always listening, and that as a believer, you have direct access to God! And while that is true… What’s scary is, there are cases where God hears you, but He completely ignore you.

Let me explain. Jesus tells a parable in the book of Luke, about two men. One was a tax collector, a man who everyone looked down on, and the other was a Pharisee, a man everyone looked up to. The Tax collector, humbly prays to God asking for mercy and forgiveness. The Pharisee prays to God, out of pridefulness, using eloquent words, and loud boasts of personal piety.

Jesus explains that the prayer of Tax collector was answered, not of the Pharisee. They both prayed to God, but God chose to hear one, and ignore the other. Why?

Job 35:13 helps us understand, saying: Surely God does not hear an empty cry, nor does the Almighty regard it.

You see, God is not interested in empty words. You can stand in Church, clap your hands and sing of God’s great love, but if your heart isn’t singing along, and your mind is off somewhere else… that’s not worship. God’s not listening.

If you’re praying out loud or to yourself, using every theological word you can think of, in hopes to impress God, or the people around you about how spiritual you are… God won’t be moved.

God does not answer empty cries.

The key to being heard by God, isn’t in the words that are coming out of your mouth. Instead, it’s in the love for Him that flows out of your Heart.

Those are words God never ignores.

And that’s today’s Bible Munch.


Read Job 35

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Job 35

Elihu Condemns Job

35 And Elihu answered and said:

“Do you think this to be just?
    Do you say, ‘It is my right before God,’
that you ask, ‘What advantage have I?
    How am I better off than if I had sinned?’
I will answer you
    and your friends with you.
Look at the heavens, and see;
    and behold the clouds, which are higher than you.
If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against him?
    And if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him?
If you are righteous, what do you give to him?
    Or what does he receive from your hand?
Your wickedness concerns a man like yourself,
    and your righteousness a son of man.

“Because of the multitude of oppressions people cry out;
    they call for help because of the arm of the mighty.[a]
10 But none says, ‘Where is God my Maker,
    who gives songs in the night,
11 who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth
    and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?’
12 There they cry out, but he does not answer,
    because of the pride of evil men.
13 Surely God does not hear an empty cry,
    nor does the Almighty regard it.
14 How much less when you say that you do not see him,
    that the case is before him, and you are waiting for him!
15 And now, because his anger does not punish,
    and he does not take much note of transgression,[b]
16 Job opens his mouth in empty talk;
    he multiplies words without knowledge.”


  1. Job 35:9 Or the many
  2. Job 35:15 Theodotion, Symmachus (compare Vulgate); the meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain

English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.





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