A provocative, Bible-based article by Prayers that move mountains pdf. Robbins, that explains how to avoid hindrances to answered prayer.
The promise of answered prayer is a benefit the Lord promises to His followers, but there are reasons why some prayers don’t get an answer. Here are some of the Biblical explanations why. One of the greatest benefits afforded to every Christian is the privilege of answered prayers. However, despite the Lord’s willingness to answer prayer, it is obvious that some prayers have gone unanswered.
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. Unanswered prayers are sometimes a result of absence from fellowship with the Lord and His Word. Jesus promised that if we would remain in His fellowship, and allow His Word to remain in us, this would produce results in prayer. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. Answers to prayer come when we seek to keep His commandments and please the Lord with our life. Further, Jesus said we are to love our brethren as He has loved us.
But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil. There is no doubt that sin will disrupt the flow of God’s blessings and answers to prayer. All acts of rebellion and disobedience to God is considered sin. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Our motives in our prayer requests are of concern to the Lord. Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.