Some men stop praying because it seems God isn’t listening

A man can believe God isn’t listening

It seems that God is not present – Many experience periods of “dryness” in prayer (CCC 2732) when it seems God does not exist or is not present, including David, who says “Why do You hide Your face from me?” (Ps 88:14); often a man experiences thoughts and feelings of separation from God because of a lack of faith (CCC 2732).

God doesn’t seem to listen or respond – A man can become to believe God is not listening when he experiences prolonged suffering due to unfilled desires, illness or death of loved ones, broken relationships, financial setbacks, emotional turmoil, chaos in the world, etc. Scripture gives numerous examples of those who may believe God is not listening or responding to their prayers: David (Ps 22:2); the Canaanite woman (Mt 15:21-28); Mary and Martha at the death of Lazarus (Jn 11:6); St. Paul’s thorn in his flesh (2 Cor 12:7-8); Jesus asks to be relieved of the Cross (Mt 26:39) and on the Cross (Mt 27:46).

…and he can fail in the Battle of Prayer

The Battle of Prayer must be “won” – The spiritual battle in which Jesus saves a man from Satan and sin and gives him the grace to become a saint, “is inseparable from the battle of prayer” (CCC 2725); to become a saint a man must win the battle of prayer.

Failing to pray guarantees losing the Battle of Prayer – Satan, the father of lies (CCC 2852), desires to turn a man from God (CCC 397), tempts a man to stop praying (CCC 2725) by convincing him his prayers are not heard (CCC 2734); “those who fail to pray are certainly damned” (CCC 2744).

God listens to those who love and do not oppose Him

God listens to those who love Him…

A man deceives himself if he believes God is not listening – It is presumptuous and an error to believe God is not listening to prayers; man can not possibly know if God is not listening (Is 55:9), nor should a man be surprised in times of  “fiery or strange trials” (1 Pet 4:12).

God promises to listen to the faithful’s prayers – Jesus promises to hear a faithful man’s prayers (Mt 7:7-11; Jn 14:13-14, 15:16, 16:23-24) when he prays with persistence (Lk 11:5-13, 18:1-8). St. Paul reveals that God listens and responds to those who love Him (Rom 8:28-32) and nothing can separate the faithful from God’s love (Rom 8:31-39).

…but does not listen to those who oppose Him

Some are separated from God due to sin – If a man is separated from God due to unrepentant sin, his prayer cannot be in union with God (CCC 2741) for the “Lord is far from the wicked” (Prov 15:29).

God does not listen to the prayers of those who are separated from Him – David (Ps 66:18) and Isaiah (Is 1:15) confirm that men in a state of sin are not heard by God. When a man falls into unrepentant sin “even his prayer is an abomination” (Prov 28:9). Jesus reveals the prayers of faithless hypocrites are not heard (Mt 7:5, Lk 18:9-14) and not all who pray are received into Heaven (Mt 7:21). St. James confirms that those without faith will not be heard (Jas 1:7-8).

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