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What is God’s response to the prayers of the unsaved?

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. John 17:20-21

Jesus prayed this prayer found in John 17 for those who did not know him and it reveals that Jesus does pray for those who are currently unsaved, but, someday, Jesus hopes they will be.  This shows that God cares for the unsaved.

God hears the prayers of all people, so he certainly hears the prayers of those who do not have a relationship with him.

He is looking for the same things in the prayers of an unsaved person as in the saved person—sincerity, love, humility, desire.

God may even answer the prayers of the unsaved, all with the purpose that they may be united with God.

The reason for answering those prayers is the same for either the saved or the unsaved. He wants all people to grow closer to him.

God does not answer prayer just to be answering prayers like an online service center.

Ultimately, he wants to deepen the connection between the unsaved and Himself so that they know he exists and that he loves them deeply.  Answering a prayer may be what is needed to convince the person of those truths.