Why Prayer Is Unanswered
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You ask and don’t receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your evil desires.
If I had been aware of malice in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.
But your iniquities have built barriers
between you and your God,
and your sins have made Him hide His face from you
so that He does not listen.
We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He listens to him.
“By presenting defiled food on My altar.”You ask: “How have we defiled You?” When you say: “The Lord’s table is contemptible.” “When you present a blind animal for sacrifice, is it not wrong? And when you present a lame or sick animal, is it not wrong? Bring it to your governor! Would he be pleased with you or show you favor?” asks the Lord of Hosts. “And now ask for God’s favor. Will He be gracious to us? Since this has come from your hands, will He show any of you favor?” asks the Lord of Hosts.
This is what the Lord says concerning these people:Truly they love to wander;
they never rest their feet.
So the Lord does not accept them.
Now He will remember their guilt
and punish their sins.
Since I called out and you refused,
extended my hand and no one paid attention, since you neglected all my counsel
and did not accept my correction,
But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder; they closed their ears so they could not hear. They made their hearts like a rock so as not to obey the law or the words that the Lord of Hosts had sent by His Spirit through the earlier prophets. Therefore great anger came from the Lord of Hosts. Just as He had called, and they would not listen, so when they called, I would not listen,” says the Lord of Hosts.
The one who shuts his ears to the cry of the poor
will himself also call out and not be answered.
When you lift up your hands in prayer,
I will refuse to look at you;
even if you offer countless prayers,
I will not listen.
Your hands are covered with blood.
“Therefore, this is what the Lord says: I am about to bring on them disaster that they cannot escape. They will cry out to Me, but I will not hear them. Then the cities of Judah and the residents of Jerusalem will go and cry out to the gods they have been burning incense to, but they certainly will not save them in their time of disaster. Your gods are indeed as numerous as your cities, Judah, and the altars you have set up to Shame—altars to burn incense to Baal—as numerous as the streets of Jerusalem.read more.
“As for you, do not pray for these people. Do not raise up a cry or a prayer on their behalf, for I will not be listening when they call out to Me at the time of their disaster.
And He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? You will see even more detestable things than these.” So He brought me to the inner court of the Lord’s house, and there were about 25 men at the entrance of the Lord’s temple, between the portico and the altar, with their backs to the Lord’s temple and their faces turned to the east. They were bowing to the east in worship of the sun. And He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? Is it not enough for the house of Judah to commit the detestable things they are practicing here, that they must also fill the land with violence and repeatedly provoke Me to anger, even putting the branch to their nose?read more.
Therefore I will respond with wrath. I will not show pity or spare them. Though they cry out in My ears with a loud voice, I will not listen to them.”
But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
For what hope does the godless man have when he is cut off,
when God takes away his life? Will God hear his cry
when distress comes on him?
There they cry out, but He does not answer,
because of the pride of evil men. Indeed, God does not listen to empty cries,
and the Almighty does not take note of it—
The Pharisee took his standand was praying like this: ‘God, I thank You that I’m not like other people —greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenthof everything I get.’
You have made my enemies retreat before me;
I annihilate those who hate me. They cry for help, but there is no one to save them—
they cry to the Lord, but He does not answer them.
You hate good and love evil.
You tear off people’s skin
and strip their flesh from their bones. You eat the flesh of my people
after you strip their skin from them
and break their bones.
You chop them up
like flesh for the cooking pot,
like meat in a cauldron.” Then they will cry out to the Lord,
but He will not answer them.
He will hide His face from them at that time
because of the crimes they have committed.