Does God always listen to our prayers?

Isaiah 1:12 When you come to see My face, who has required this at your hand, to trample My courts? 13 Do not add to bringing vain sacrifice; its incense is an abomination to Me. The new moon and Sabbath, the going to meeting, I cannot endure the evil assembly. 14 My soul hates your new moons and your appointed feasts. They are a burden to Me. I am disgusted of bearing them. 15 And when you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you. Yea, when you multiply prayer, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood. 16 Wash yourselves, purify yourselves. Put away the evil of your doings from My sight; stop doing evil. 17 Learn to do good, seek justice, make straight the violent one, judge the orphan, contend for the widow. 18 Come now and let us reason together, says YAHWEH: Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red as the crimson, they shall be like wool. 19 If you are willing and hear, you shall eat the good of the land.

 Isaiah 56:2 Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who lays hold on it; keeping the Sabbath, from defiling it; and keeping his hand from doing every evil. 3 And do not let the son of the foreigner speak, he who joins himself to YAHWEH, saying, surely, YAHWEH separates me from His people; and do not let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dried tree. 4 For so says YAHWEH to the eunuchs who keep (Aleph/Tav) My Sabbaths and choose things I am pleased with, and take hold of My covenant: 5 I, even I will give to them in My house and in My walls a hand and a name better than sons and than daughters; I will give them an everlasting name which shall not be cut off. 6 And the sons of the foreigner, who join themselves to YAHWEH to serve Him, and to love the name of YAHWEH, to be His servants, everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and takes hold of My covenant: 7 even them I will bring to My holy mount and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on My altar, for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the peoples,

 Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the hand of YAHWEH is not shortened from saving, nor is His ear heavy from hearing. (Is 50:2) 2 But your iniquities are separating between you and your Elohim; and your sins have hidden His face from you, from hearing. 3 For your hands are defiled by blood; yea, your fingers with iniquity. Your lips have spoken falsehood; your tongue murmurs perverseness.

 1Kings 8:38 any prayer, any supplication that shall come from any man of all of Your people Israel, who shall each know the plague of his own heart, and shall spread his hands toward this house, 39 then You shall hear in Heaven Your dwelling place and shall forgive and shall act, and shall give to each according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You have known, You alone, the heart of all the sons of Adam), 40 so that they shall fear You all the days that they are living on the face of the land that You have given to our fathers. 41 And also, to the stranger who is not of Your people Israel, and has come from a land afar off for Your name’s sake, 42 (for they shall hear of Your great name, and of Your strong hand, and of Your stretched out arm, and he shall have come in and prayed toward this house,) 43 You shall hear in Heaven, Your dwelling place, and shall do according to all that the stranger calls to You for, so that all the peoples of the earth may know Your name, to fear You like Your people Israel, and to know that Your name has been called on this house which I have built. 44 If Your people shall go out to battle against its enemy, in the way that You have sent them, and they have prayed to YAHWEH the way of the city which You have chosen, and of the house which I have built for Your name, 45 then hear their prayer and their supplication in Heaven, and perform their cause. 46 When they sin against You (for there is not a man who does not sin) and You have been angry with them, and have given them up before an enemy, and they have been led away into captivity to the land of the enemy, far off or near; 47 and they have turned their heart back in the land where they have been taken captive, and have repented, and made supplication to You in the land of their captors, saying, We have sinned and done perversely; we have done wickedly; 48 and, they have turned back to You with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies who have taken them captive, and have prayed to You the way of their land which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen, and the house which I have built for Your name, 49 then You shall hear their prayer and their supplication in Heaven Your dwelling place, and shall perform their cause,

 2Chronicles 6:18 For is it true that Elohim shall dwell with men on the earth? Behold, the heavens, and the Heaven of heavens, do not contain You. How much less this house that I have built! 19 And You have turned toward the prayer of Your servant, and to his supplication, O YAHWEH my Elohim, to listen to the cry and to the prayer that Your servant is praying before You; 20 for Your eyes shall be open toward this house by day and by night, toward the place that You have said to put Your name there, to listen to the prayer that Your servant prays toward this place. 21 And You shall listen to the supplications of Your servant, and of Your people Israel, that they pray toward this place; and You shall hear from Your place of dwelling, from Heaven, and shall hear and forgive. 22 If a man shall sin against his neighbor, and he shall lift up an oath on him, to cause him to swear, and he shall come and swear before Your altar in this house, 23 You shall hear from Heaven, and shall act, and shall judge Your servants, to repay the wicked, to bring his way on his own head; and to justify the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.

 2Chronicles 7:14 and My people, on whom My name is called, shall be humbled, and shall pray, and shall seek My face, and shall turn back from their evil ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 15 Now My eyes shall be open, and My ears attentive to the prayer of this place; 16 and now I have chosen and sanctified this house for My name to be there forever; yea, My eyes and My heart shall be there all the days.

 Nehemiah 1:5 And I said, I beseech You, YAHWEH Elohim of Heaven, the great and awesome El, keeping the covenant and mercy to those loving Him, and to keepers of His commandments, (Deut 7:9, Dan 9:4, Rev 22:14) 6 let Your ear now be open, and Your eyes open, so that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You today, day and night, for Your servants the sons of Israel; and confessing the sins of the sons of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both I and my father’s house have sinned. 7 Utterly we have acted wickedly against You, and have not kept the commandments and the statutes and the judgments which You commanded Your servant Moses. 8 I beseech You, remember the Word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, If you act unfaithfully, I will scatter you among the peoples. 9 But if you will turn to Me and keep My commandments, and do them, though you were cast out to the outermost part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and will bring them to the place that I have chosen, to set My name there. 10 And these are Your servants and Your people whom You have redeemed by Your great power and by Your strong hand. 11 O YAHWEH, I beg You, let Your ear be open to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who delight to fear Your name. And I beg You, bless Your servant today and grant him mercy before this man. For I was cupbearer to the king.

 Job 22:21 Now be of service with Him, and be at peace; good shall come to you by them. 22 Now receive the Torah from His mouth and put His words in your heart. 23 If you return to the Almighty you shall be built up; you shall put injustice far from your tents. 24 Then you shall lay gold on the dust, even among the rocks of the torrents of Ophir. 25 Yea, the Almighty shall be your gold and silver, a tower to you, 26 for then you will delight over the Almighty, and you will lift up your face to Eloah. 27 You shall make your prayer to Him, and He will hear you; and you shall pay your vows.

 Psalm 5:1 To the chief musician, for flutes. A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O YAHWEH; consider my meditation. 2 Attend to the voice of my cry, my King and my Elohim; for I will pray to You. 3 You will hear my voice in the morning, O YAHWEH, I will set myself for You in the morning, and I will look up. 4 For You are not a Elohim enjoying wickedness; nor shall evil live with You. 5 The boasters shall not set themselves before Your eyes. You hate all workers of iniquity.

 Psalm 17:1 A Prayer of David. O YAHWEH, hear righteousness; listen to my cry; give ear to my prayer, for it is not in lips of deceit. 2 Let my judgment go out from Your face; Your eyes see uprightly. 3 You will test my heart; You will visit in the night; You will refine me; You will find nothing; my thoughts do not pass beyond my mouth. 4 As to the doings of men, by the Words of Your lips I keep from the paths of the violent. 5 My steps have kept in Your tracks so that my strides have not slipped. 6 I have called on You, for You will answer me, O El; bow down Your ear to me and hear my word.

 Psalm 39:11 You correct a man with rebukes over perversity; and as a moth You melt away what he desires. Surely every man is vanity. Selah. 12 Hear my prayer, O YAHWEH, and give ear to my cry. Do not be silent at my tears, for I am an alien with You, a pilgrim, as were all my fathers. (Heb 11:9) 13 Look away from me and I will be cheerful before I go away and be no more.

 Proverbs 15:6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure, but in the gain of the wicked is tumult. 7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, but the heart of the fool is not so. 8 The sacrifice of the wicked is a hateful thing to YAHWEH, but the prayer of the upright is His delight. (Ps 51:17, Pr 21:27, 29, Job 35:12-13) 9 The way of the wicked is hateful to YAHWEH, but He loves him who pursues righteousness. 26 The thoughts of the wicked are very hateful to YAHWEH, but the words of pleasantness are pure. 27 He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, but he who hates bribes shall live. (Pr 1:19) 28 The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. 29 YAHWEH is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous. (Pr 28:9, Ps 145:18-19) 30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, a good report makes the bones fat. 31 The ear that hears the reproof of life shall remain among the wise. 32 He who ignores correction despises his own soul, but he who hears reproof gets a sound heart. (Pr 10:1, 12:1, 13:1, 15:5, 20) 33 The fear of YAHWEH is instruction in wisdom, and before honor is humility. (Pr 1:7, Pr 9:10)

 Proverbs 28:9 Whoever turns aside his ear from hearing the Torah, even his prayer is an abomination.1 (Pr 15:8, Ps 109:7)

 Jeremiah 7:11 Has this house on which My name is called become a den of violent ones in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen, declares YAHWEH. 12 But go now to My place which was in Shiloh, where I made My name dwell at the first, and see what I did to it for the evil of My people Israel. 13 And now, because you have done all these works, says YAHWEH, and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear. Yea, I called you, but you did not answer. 14 And I will do to the house on which My name is called, in which you are trusting, and to the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. 15 And I will cast you out from My face as I cast out all your brothers, all the seed of Ephraim. 16 And you, do not pray for this people; do not lift up cry or prayer for them. Do not intercede with Me, for I do not hear you3. (Pr 28:9) 17 Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The sons gather wood, and the. fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke Me.

 Jeremiah 11:12 Then the cities of Judah and those living in Jerusalem shall go and cry to the gods to whom they burned incense. But they are not at all able to save them in the time of their trouble. 13 For according to the number of your cities were your Elohim, O Judah; yea, according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem you have set up altars to that shameful thing, altars to burn incense to Baal. 14 And you, do not pray for this people; and do not lift up a cry or prayer for them. For I will not hear in the time they cry to Me for their trouble. 15 What belongs to My beloved in My house, since she has committed her many evils? And has the holy flesh caused your evil to pass from you? How then do you exult?

 Lamentations 3:7 He walled around me and I cannot go out; He has made heavy my bronze chain. 8 Also, when I cry out and shout for help, He shuts out my prayer. 9 He walled up my ways with cut stone; my paths are crooked. 42 We have transgressed and rebelled; You, You have not forgiven. 43 You have wrapped Yourself with anger and pursued us; You have slain; You have not pitied. 44 You have covered for You with a cloud, from any prayer passing through. 45 You have made us sweepings and garbage in the midst of the peoples.

 Daniel 9:15 And now, O YAHWEH our Elohim, who brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and made for Yourself a name, as it is this day; we have sinned; we have done evilly. 16 O YAHWEH, I pray to You, according to all Your righteousness, let Your anger and Your fury be turned back from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain. For because of our sins and of our fathers’ iniquities, Jerusalem and Your people have become a reproach to all those around us. 17 And now, hear, O our Elohim, the prayer of Your servant and his holy desires, and cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary that is desolate, for the sake of YAHWEH. 18 O my Elohim, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our ruins and the city which is called by Your name. For we do not make our prayers fall before You on account of our righteousness, but because of Your great mercies. (Eze 36:22)

 Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever all of you shall ask in prayer, believing, all of you shall receive.

 John 9:31 But we know that YAHWEH does not hear sinful ones, but if anyone is Elohim fearing, and does His will, He hears that one.

 Acts 10:1 But a certain man, Cornelius by name, was in Caesarea, a centurion of a cohort being called Italian, 2 one righteous and fearing YAHWEH with all his house, both doing many alms to the people and praying continually to YAHWEH. 3 About the ninth hour of the day, he saw plainly in a vision a cherub of YAHWEH coming to him, and saying to him, Cornelius! 4 And he was staring at him, and becoming terrified he said, What is it, Master? And he said to him, Your prayers and your alms went up for a memorial before YAHWEH.

 James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that all of you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

 I Peter 3:7 Likewise, all of you husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

I Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

 

We cannot go around ignoring Yahweh’s commandments and expect Him to be attentive when we decide to pray.

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