Can Satan Hear Our Silent Prayers

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By: R. Wilson, Staff Writer; ©2012
Remember that Satan is a created being. He is NOT omnipotent, omniscient, or any of the other “omni’s” of God. Given that, I don’t think he can actually “hear” our thoughts, although I can’t give you a scripture verse one way or the other on that.

Question: Can Satan Hear Our Silent Prayers?

Answer:

Can Satan Hear Our Silent Prayers? Remember that Satan is a created being. He is NOT omnipotent, omniscient, or any of the other “omni’s” of God. Given that, I don’t think he can actually “hear” our thoughts, although I can’t give you a scripture verse one way or the other on that. On the other hand, he is a very intelligent being, and he’s had years to study human behavior. Given that, I’d say he’s pretty good at guessing what you’re thinking, and can predict pretty accurately what you will do or how you will react to a certain situation. And he is a master at pushing every button you have.

Here’s how John MacArthur says it:

…in terms of being omniscient and being able to read your thoughts (as God can), the Bible does not support that idea at all. It never tells us that angels are omniscient. And if a holy angel isn’t omniscient, neither is a fallen one. So, Satan can’t read our thoughts, even if he’s great at predicting human behavior because he’s seen so much of it. (http://www.gty.org/Resources/Questions/QA189)

It’s important to remember that you don’t need to be afraid of Satan. Wary, yes; on guard, yes; afraid, no. Satan has been defeated (he was defeated at the cross), he just doesn’t know it yet! But we have God’s sure promise that his judgment will come.

In the meantime, keep your eyes open and your heart tuned to God. As 1 John 1:1-4 says,

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

As John MacArthur says in his article, “put on the full armor of God.” Then just stand firm and look for God’s final victory to come. It will!

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