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If I had a child who did not listen to my counsel and respond to my directives, I would not listen to their requests. If they ask me for something, I'll want to first talk about our relationship and their nonresponsiveness.
God has no use for the prayers
of the people who won't listen to him.
Proverbs 28:9 (The Message)
If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction,
even their prayers are detestable.
Proverbs 28:9 (NIV)
James 5:16 says, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Which would mean, the prayer of an unrighteous person is powerless and ineffective.
Which means, the prayer of a Moralistic Therapeutic Deist is powerless and ineffective.
The God of Christian theism is not some big butler in the sky who exists for our gratification. God is a God of relationship. He is a loving Father, we are his children.
Relationship always comes before request.