Throughout the Bible, we had seen several times, the Lord God had repeatedly said, He will not answer or hear some prayers if they pray. Let us study what prayers He hears and what prayers he answers.
When your terror comes like a storm, And your destruction comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD, They would have none of my counsel And despised my every rebuke.Prov 1:27-30
God will not hear the people who have evil in their deeds.
Then they will cry to the LORD, But He will not hear them; He will even hide His face from them at that time, Because they have been evil in their deeds.Mic 3:4
Let’s hear what Psalmist says about iniquity in heart.
I cried to Him with my mouth, And He was extolled with my tongue. If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.Ps 66:17-18
God will not hear those with iniquities.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden [His] face from you, So that He will not hear.Isa 59:2
God will not answer the people who did not choose knowledge and do not have the fear of the Lord.
When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear.Isa 1:15
Who are these people God will not hear? Sinful, laden with iniquity, evil doers and corrupters, who forsaked the LORD.
Alas, sinful nation, A people laden with iniquity, A brood of evildoers, Children who are corrupters! They have forsaken the LORD, They have provoked to anger The Holy One of Israel, They have turned away backward.Isa 1:4
God will not hear prayers of people who commit abominations and fill the land with violence.
And He said to me, “Have you seen [this,] O son of man? Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence; then they have returned to provoke Me to anger. Indeed they put the branch to their nose. Therefore I also will act in fury. My eye will not spare nor will I have pity; and though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.”Ezek 8:17-18
God will not listen to those who do not obey God.
Then you answered and said to me, ‘We have sinned against the LORD; we will go up and fight, just as the LORD our God commanded us.’ And when everyone of you had girded on his weapons of war, you were ready to go up into the mountain. And the LORD said to me, ‘Tell them, “Do not go up nor fight, for I [am] not among you; lest you be defeated before your enemies.” So I spoke to you; yet you would not listen, but rebelled against the command of the LORD, and presumptuously went up into the mountain. And the Amorites who dwelt in that mountain came out against you and chased you as bees do, and drove you back from Seir to Hormah. Then you returned and wept before the LORD, but the LORD would not listen to your voice nor give ear to you.Deut 1:41-45
God will not listen to prayers against His loved ones.
Nevertheless the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam, but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you.Deut 23:5
God will not hear the prayers of those who don’t hear Him.
“Therefore it happened, [that] just as He proclaimed and they would not hear, so they called out and I would not listen,” says the LORD of hosts.Zech 7:13
Prayers of Husbands who don’t honor their wives are hindered.
Husbands, likewise, dwell with [them] with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as [being] heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.1Pet 3:7
Prayer with unbelief will not be answered.
And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.Matt 21:22
God does not answer those who don’t abide in Him
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.John 15:7
God does not answer anything that is not according to His will
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.1John 5:14
Don’t ever think every prayer will be heard by God. Even if He does hear, not all prayers will be answered.
The LORD [is] far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.Prov 15:29
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.2Chr 7:14
Firstly, God is not going to hear any prayer of the wicked. Even for God to hear their prayer from Heaven and forgive them, they first must turn from their wicked ways. God only hears the prayer of righteous. Secondly, for God to hear our prayers we need to ask according to His will. Hence, if you ask anything that is not of His will, He is not going to even hear. Thirdly, your prayer will be answered only if you abide in Him by being holy and righteous, and believe that you will receive.