“The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.” Psalm 14:2
Instead what does he see?
He sees people who seems to profess that there is no God, and even among the clergy, He sees corrupt, and people, rather believers such as “have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good,” (vs 1).
And verse 3 says, “They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
The point here is there are key biblical principles which we must follow but have not followed to connect with him [God] more effectively. Take for instance prayer, God is saying you’re praying amiss. The essence of true prayer is based on how God wants you to pray, if that’s the case your aim should be first, to have an intimate relationship with him so that you can know how he wants you to pray.
The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God, but to his surprise we have each gone our own way. “They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Psalm 14:3). We aren’t connecting with him the way he would want us to.
You shouldn’t feel mocked by this because even the disciples had the similar problem, they also did not know how to pray. But what may distinguish them from you is they asked the Lord to teach them. Luke 11:1 says, “…as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” Many of us just do not know how to pray as we ought, and worse we do not ask, teach us to pray. Do you know that God knows that you do not know how pray? That’s the reason he sent us the Holy Spirit, He came because of our infirmities – and we got to admit that we’ve infirmities so that he can offer us guidance and teach us how to pray more effectively, according to the will of God, and with much perseverance, praying in the Holy Ghost. The Spirit helpeth our infirmities – but if you’ll not admit, know it’s sheer arrogance to prove God a liar, and only a fool is the one that mocks the wisdom of God.
Please allow me also to run a commentary on the following verses;
“Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord . There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.” Psalm 14:4-5
There are so many things we know are capable of hindering prayer, like the verse I quoted above, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” (James 4:3). Selfishness will never do good to your prayer, instead it robs it of its effectiveness, power and virtue. Every believer should work hard on their motives.
The other thing that’s likely to hinder prayer is sin. Isaiah 59:1-2 says, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” Sin must be dealt with. Don’t go on with unconfessed sins in your life. There are so many of these hindrances, such as to shame the counsel of the poor, lack of wisdom and understanding and the deadliest one is forgetfulness. “The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.”
Jesus asked, “How is it that ye do not understand?”
“And when Jesus knew it , he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?  Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?  When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve.  And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven.  And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?” Mark 8:17-21
Always remember; He brought us from to bring us in;
“And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers. And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the Lord our God, as he hath commanded us.” Deuteronomy 6:23-25