186. When does our prayer remain without a divine answer?

Answers to our prayers are prevented by sin we refuse to repent of, by unbelief and doubt, by refusing to forgive, and ingratitude.

  • ​Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy,
    That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. (Isaiah 59:1-2)
  • If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear. (Psalm 66:18)
  • But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:6-8)
  • You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss. (James 4:3)
  • And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. (Mark 11:25)