Why doesn’t God answer some people’s prayers?

Simply put, God does not hear the prayers of an unrighteous man or woman. To pray to God when in time of trouble and remaining unrepentant the rest of the time does absolutely no good whatsoever. Sin is what separates us from God. As John 9 below tells us plainly, God does NOT hear sinners, at least unrepentant sinners. When a person turns their life over to Jesus, confesses their sins and asks to be forgiven, and believes in Him, the Father will hear a person’s prayers. So there is no misunderstanding about this, everyone sins which causes a separation from God. But God’s children who are filled with the Holy Spirit can not continue to commit the same sin(s) over and over. This will grieve the Holy Spirit and your joy with God will be broken. By obeying the commandments, loving your neighbor, trying to please God in everything you say and do, studying the Word and by asking daily for forgiveness of the sin in your life keeps you walking closer to God.

  • John 9 v.31: Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
  • Psalms 66 v.18: If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
  • Job 35 v.13: Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it. (“hear vanity” means: listen to an empty cry)
  • Prov 1 v.28: Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
  • Prov 15 v.29: The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
  • Prov 28 v.9: He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
  • Isaiah 1 v.15-20: And when ye spread forth your hands, (meaning pray) I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

The prophet’s appeal in Isaiah to come and reason together reveals God’s gracious invitation to all men. It literally means to be “reasonable” by repenting and turning to God. Their sin is described as scarlet and red like crimson, referring to their blood-guiltiness before God. The term crimson also means “worm,” referring to the colorfast red dye of the scarlet worm. The eradication of this stain turns it snowy white and is symbolic of the life changing grace of God, which delivers men from the guilt and condemnation of sin. Thus the prophet reminds his readers that God stands ready to cleanse and forgive all who will turn to Him.

  • Ezk. 8 v.18: Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.
  • Mic. 3 v.4: Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.
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