• Joining you. They'll never understand while they're still atheist.
    • Linda Joy
      I think they still receive the blessings though, because of the faith of the one praying.
    • Anoname
      Yes - like when the prayer of the elders of the church is honored on behalf of the one being prayed for.
  • We should hold out hope to ALL learn about the incoming Kingdom...No one should be excluded, whatever they themselves might think. (Matthew 28:19, 20) Go, therefore, and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you. And look! I am with you all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.
  • I pray for them to hear the Holy Spirit when He speaks to them.
    • pugwashjw65
      No one any more hears voices out of the blue, as Paul had from Jesus...So thats why we have God's word to us in writing...the Bible.It has all the answers.
    • Linda Joy
      No one said anything about voices. The Spirit speaks to your mind. And if you don't believe in the Holy Spirit that testifies of the truth of ALL THINGS you can't understand The Bible anyway. And if you listen to people tell you what The Bible says instead of listening to The Spirit you're denying the Holy Ghost which is an unforgivable sin. Never tell anyone not to listen to the Holy Spirit!
  • I think it would be like an antibiotic; if you give an antibiotic to someone who doesn't believe in them, the antibiotic would work as well as it would on someone who believed in them. The recipient's belief would not affect the outcome. I doubt that most atheists would recognize that whatever boon a prayer granted was caused by the prayer. I am agnostic atheist (don't believe in deity but don't think its possible to disprove deity) and the evidence would have to be overwhelming to swing towards the believer side. Pure atheists would be a tougher sell.
  • What is an atheist? Basically, one who disbelieves or lacks belief in the existence of God. However, that does not stop God from listening to their prayers. Whether he answers them or not depends on the sincerity of the prayer and what he is praying for. Acts 20 v 34 & 35 we see that God is not partial but in every nation, the man who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.
    • pugwashjw65
      Because God IS love, he does listen to all prayer, especially for those who are sick, but would he consider prayers from those who did not believe he exists? Why pray to someone who does not exist...So you must have a form of belief to pray.
    • Linda Joy
      I didn't say the atheists were the ones praying. Read the question again.
  • Prayer works differently for different religions and even within different sects of the same religion. If you generally believe that God answers prayers, why not pray for the atheists to come around and acknowledge the glory of God? If God's Will is that all should believe in Him, then I don't see how this could possibly be a problem.
    • pugwashjw65
      Only ONE prayer is acceptable...Matthew 6: 9,10 9. You must pray then this way..Our father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. 10. Let your Kingdom come, Let your will take olace , as in heaven, also on earth. So WHO uses God's name? Only J,W;s..And nowhere does the Bible say it is TOO holy to use. Exodus 6: 2,3...Ï am Jehovah...And I used to appear to abraham, Isaac and Jacob as God Almighty, but with regard to my name Jehovah, I did not make myself known to them... To sanctify a name, it must be used, not covered up.
    • Linda Joy
      That's an example not the only prayer that's acceptable. What good does it do to say the same thing over and over that contradicts verse 7 of the same chapter!!

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