The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 15:29
It is so comforting to know that God hears the prayer of the righteous (believers). I understand that many people get frustrated when their prayers aren’t answered right away, but you must realize that God answers in His timing not ours. Then there are times when God is not answering your prayer for a specific reason. An example would be when the person praying doesn’t have faith that God will answer, but their prayer is based off of wishing that God will do something instead of believing that He will do something. The act of wishing is hoping that maybe something will happen. The act of believing is expecting that something will happen. God calls us not to doubt while praying, but to believe (have faith) while praying.
Mark 11:23-24- 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Faith is the most important component in prayer. When you pray believing (having faith in God) that’s when He will answer your prayer.
Matthew 21:22- And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.
It is also important to be following God’s Word. There are people that live in sin and don’t repent. The sins that they commit are blocking God from answering their prayers. The Lord calls us to follow His commandments and that’s when we will receive what we ask for in prayer.
1 John 3:22- And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.
This is the reason God hears the prayers of the righteous. He answers those that truly are following Him.
1 Peter 3:12- For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are open to their prayers, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
Believe in God and follow His ways then you will have your prayers answered.