CAN SATAN ANSWER “CHRISTIAN” PRAYERS? Revelation 16:13, 14.
Satan was once a glorious angel. He was wise and beautiful. See Ezekiel 28:12. He rebelled against God and was cast down with his supporters. See Revelation 12:9. He is angry and battling to frustrate the truth. Satan deceives people of charm and influence and uses them as agents. See 2 Cor. 11:13-15. You see, Satan has ministers of charm that he uses. In Matthew 24:24 says that he will deceive even the elect, if possible. Is it possible for him? Yes! He is busy looking for the elect to devour. See 1 Peter 5:8. His agents he uses are charming people, men and women of valour. See Revelation 16:13,14.
“He is powerfully at work in every pagan religion and in Christianity as well,” says Frederick Pelser (Prayer made Practical, 2004, p. 82.). He is called the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:3,4). If he is a god, then he is an object of faith and worship. Satan is worshipped, directly or indirectly, except the Remnant. Who are the Remnant? See Rev. 12:17.
As a god, one cannot expect that he does not answer prayers. He will try to misdirect believers, leading them to pray in false ways. “True prayers, humble, reverent, sincere, earnest and biblical, enrages and frustrates Satan,” (Pelser, page 83). See Deut. 33:27.
Satan can interfere with certain prayers. When the prayer is faithless and insincere. God could not answer the prayers of Judas Iscariot because it was insincere. See Matt. 27:3-4. To many, prayer is a mere ritual. They repeat what has been written or what they have memorized. There is no link whatsoever!
When an individual is living in a known sin and is not praying for forgiveness and cleansing and power to overcome that sin, but for a miracle. Satan will answer such a prayer so the P-R-A-Y-E-R will believe that God can overlook our willful sins and give us what we ask. “If we turn our ears to God’s law, our prayers are abomination to Him.” This what God expects of us: Joel 2:12,13; 1 John 1:9.
Presumptuousness; “Oh God Himself understands my situation,” is a presumptuous sin. See 1 Samuel 15:19-22. Ellen White says “God does not answer presumptuous prayers.” Satan answers all such prayers for the P-R-A-Y-E-R to believe that God approves all situational sins, and lowers His demand of obedience to meet our sinful desires, in spite of. Emotional prayers can be answered by Satan.
Pelser says “The one praying could experience powerful emotions, deep moving of the spirit—but whose spirit,” p. 84. Test all spirits! Know God!
God bless you. Pastor Ewoo