"If I had cherished sin in my heart the Lord would not have listened." NIV
"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me." KJV
There have been times when we feel that God has not heard or answered our prayers. Most of the time, He has heard our prayers, but His answer is delayed. Perhaps He is telling us to wait or He is waiting for the right time to send the answer. However, there may be times when we are holding on to something contrary to God's Word, something displeasing to Him. It is then that God does not hear our prayers. If we want our prayers to be effective, we will examine ourselves and take care of any sin we may be hiding.
Heavenly Father, we want our prayers to be effective. Help us to examine ourselves so that we can deal with anything within us that is displeasing to You and would interfere with out prayers. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC