On a list of privileges and blessings from God, where would you rank prayer? My guess is that most of us, if not all of us, would rank it as one of the highest.
We treasure the thought that whenever we need to, we can speak to our heavenly Father and He will hear us, granting our petitions and supplications.
What if though something happened so that He would not listen to our prayers? What a terrifying thought!
Yet, listen to what God said to the Jews in the post-Babylonian days about their fathers before the captivity, and why He had sent them to Babylon,
“‘Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Thus great wrath came from the LORD of hosts. Therefore it happened, that just as He proclaimed and they would not hear, so they called out and I would not listen,’ says the LORD of hosts” (Zechariah 7:12-13).
They refused to listen to Him, so He quit listening to them, meaning that they still prayed to Him, but to no affect!
God wants to hear us and He wants to answer our prayers, but just as much as He wants to do that, He wants us to listen to Him, and to do what He says.