There are several places in the Word of God that simply say that under certain circumstances, God will not answer our prayers. First sometimes our prayers are not answered because we haven’t brought our requests to God. James 4:2 says. “You do not have because you do not ask.” God is not going to answer your request unless you are Him through prayer. Second, our prayers might not be answers because of unconfessed sin.
Proverbs 15;28 says, “The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayers of the righteous,” There are times as followers of Christ, our prayers go unanswered because we are harboring unconfessed sin I our lives.
Third, on occasion our prayer are not answered because of our doubt. James 1:6-8 tells us to “ask in faith, with no doubting” because the one who doubts is double-minded.” To be double-minded is not to let the request go, but to give the request to God and then take it back. Instead of trusting God, we try to work out the solution ourselves.
Fourth, our prayers may not be answered because of unrighteous motives. James 4:3 says, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” God refused to listen to people who eagerly pursue selfish pleasures. The key to understanding this verse is the word “spend,” which means praying for something just because you want it. It has nothing to do with the will of Go’s or the purpose of God. It’s just a selfish prayer.
Fifth, sometimes our prayers are not answered because of unresolvable conflicts. Mark 11:25-26 says, “Whenever you stand praying, forgive him, that your Father in Heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in Heaven forgive your trespasses.’ If I have offended my brother (or sister ), I must go to them and make that right, or my prayers will be hindered. The responsibility is mine, in either case, to make things right with my brother or sister, and then come to the Lord with my prayers. If you are harboring resentment, an unforgiving spirit, or anger in your heart toward another brother or sister, it may not shut down your prayer life, but it will hinder it.
Sixth, our prayers might not be answered because we lack compassion. Proverbs 21:13 says, “Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poirwill also cry himself and not be heard.” The Bible says than when you harbor a compassionate spirit, when you don’t ask God to make you sensitive to people you can help, then it will be hard for you to have the relationship in prayer that you desire.