Why aren’t my prayers being answered?

Disobedience –

45 You came back and wept before the LORD, but he paid no attention to your weeping and turned a deaf ear to you.

37 So Saul asked God, “Shall I go down and pursue the Philistines? Will you give them into Israel’s hand?” But God did not answer him that day.

• Secret Sin –

18 If I had cherished sin in my heart,

the Lord would not have listened;

• Neglect of mercy –

13 Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor

will also cry out and not be answered.

• Despising the Law – Okay this one is actually scary – The prayers of people who hate Yahweh’s commandments are detestable.

9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction,

even their prayers are detestable.

• Guilty of bloodshed –

15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,

I hide my eyes from you;

even when you offer many prayers,

I am not listening.

Your hands are full of blood!

• Iniquity – Immoral / unfair behavior

2 But your iniquities have separated

you from your God;

your sins have hidden his face from you,

so that he will not hear.

4 Then they will cry out to the LORD,

but he will not answer them.

At that time he will hide his face from them

because of the evil they have done.

• Stubbornness –

13 “‘When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,’ says the LORD Almighty.

• Instability or Doubt –

6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

• Self-indulgence –

3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

Repent of these things and look up instruction on how to pray and your prayers will be heard.

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