You yourself have provided the key to understanding answered prayer.
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’(Q) will enter the kingdom of heaven,(R) but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.(S) 22 Many will say to me on that day,(T) ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’(U) 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’(V)Wiki It can also be said that not everyone who says to me "Lord, Lord" will have their prayers answered. If I sincerely pray for someone to die of a heart attack that does not force God to answer such a prayer. In fact, he would find such a prayer "detestable."
Nothing new here, Jst. All theists use that as an excuse. That someone isn’t praying “right” (the good ol’ OneTrueChristiantm[/sup} claim) or for the wrong thing or it isn’t in JC’s name or Gods’ name (the magic spell excuse), or God just doesn’t feel like it and give you something else instead or it’s not what God “wants”. As for what your god finds “detestable” other believers in it have no problem being sure that this god will and does answer. Like these nice ladies who want God to give people breast cancer. http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/2012/04/mrff-press-release-womens-prayer-group-give-them-breast-cancer-in-jesus-name/
And prayers by believers for god to harm others:
2 Kings 6: 18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.
I’m sure you’ll excuse this because the “enemy” was bad. So thinks everyone who is against him, just like those “nice” ladies. We have various “patriarchs” asking for their god to harm others to allow them to win wars. etc. Now, he does answer them often in the myths and shows that asking him for harm to come to someone isn’t “detestable” at all. God’s quite the steppinfetchit in the bible but in real life, not so much and the most likely reason, he doesn’t exist.
The belief that God would answer a prayer solely based on sincerity shows ignorance in what the Bible actually teaches about prayer.
Unfortunately for you, the bible has few rules on what prayer requires and who can do it. We have the characters in the bible saying “knock and the door shall be opened”, “*anything* you ask in my name God will give it to you” “a father would not give a son who asked for a fish a snake, so think of how god will give you what you ask”, “the mountain shall move”, etc. At best, one can say that it has to be within this god’s “will”, but if it is already in the “plan” it makes no sense to pray at all. Indeed, Christians should never pray if they really think that their god already knows how things are going to be and what they need. But that’s not the case at all. We have Jehovah’s Witnesses and all other types of Christians claiming that prayer gets you things. But when asked for evidence, they have nothing. Not one actual event where coincidence or human action can’t be shown to be the only thing occurring.
And sometimes God leaves prayers, seemingly, unanswered. However, the first requirement must be that we are praying about something that God would approve of answering. I mean I could sincerely pray for the earth to spontaneously combust. However, the Bible shows that no such prayer will ever even be considered.
Which is funny as hell. Then what’s the point of praying, jst? And no your bible doesn’t’ show that such a prayer would never even be considered. That’s the self-editing theist making excuses, that their god would never do anything that was ridiculous since such a prayer would fail and the theist would look silly. It goes back to the title of the forum “why won’t god heal amputees?” Theists like you constantly claim your prayers are answered and healings are done. But there are no healings for anything that is bluntly obvious like an amputation. We get claims of people having cancer claimed, claims of backaches healed, claims of everything that can’t be easily seen. Poor amputees get nothing with all of this supposed healing going around and oh the theist have to make up all sorts of excuses for that, to avoid admitting that their god does nothing. Just like you.