Of recent there has been repeated calls by the media, (electronic and printed), mediators on call-in programs, religious leaders and even law enforcement officials for the nation to pray.

This request is made so as to have a divine intervention to curb the recent increase in crime on the island. While we are praying, there continues to be an increase in violent crimes, resulting in death to its victims.

This begs me to ask the question: DOES GOD LISTEN TO ALL PRAYERS?

The answer to that question is NO!

I would like to list just four reasons (there are many more) why I believe this is the case and back them up by scriptural references:

1: GOD takes no pleasure in the prayers of the wicked

Proverbs 28:9 says: “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.”

Isaiah 1:15 says: And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

2: GOD does not answer hypocritical prayers

Matthew 6:5 says: And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

3: GOD does not answer insincere, repetitive prayers.

Matthew 6:7 says: But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

4: Not everyone prays to the  true GOD above

1 Corinthians 8:5, 6 says: For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) 6But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

Micah. 4:5 says: 5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.

With the above stated facts, I have thus came to the conclusion that 1. either the wrong persons are praying or 2. they are praying to the wrong person.