What types of prayers has God not promised to hear?

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God has not promised to hear prayers that

  1. Are offered in unbelief
    James 1:6-7: But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord.

  2. Are selfish and contrary to God’s will
    James 4:3: Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

    Assignment: Read Matt. 20:20-23: The selfish prayer of the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

  3. Wish evil for our neighbor
    Rom. 12:14: Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

  4. Prescribe to God the time and manner, when and how He should help us. Note: In God-pleasing prayer we do not give commands to God. A God-pleasing prayer is the humble and thankful plea of a forgiven and obedient child.