Exodus 32:8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!’ ” 9 And the Lord said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people! 10 Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation.”
One of the frequent reminders God gave the Israelites and indeed as a reminder to everyone is that He saved them out of bondange in Egypt. A simple concordance of Scripture will render many illustrations, many phrases of this fact. It is repeated from Moses all the way to the last Apostle.
Some (most) of those freed by God from Egypt had a conditional faith. If God fed them, sheltered them, protected them from their enemies, gave them water, then they would believe He is God. Even the ultimate miracle of parting the Red Sea didn’t convince them, as the placed vain selfish conditions on God.
So when Moses didn’t return as they expected on the time of their choosing, Aaron and the Israelites decided to make a golden calf which they worshiped, they committed idolatry because they stupidly thought that God should of met every condition of theirs.
The same conditional faith is still in practice all across the earth. If God is God He must adhere to a set of conditions. He must not impede on a sinner’s will is one of the main ones. He must save my family, my dead relatives must all be in heaven or He is not God to me is another condition. Other conditions placed on God are health, wealth, and prosperity. God must cure every disease immediately, He must bless us with wealth and prosperity as a contingency to faith in Him.
The Roman Catholic Church places many conditions on God. Mary must be queen of heaven and must be Jesus’ right hand mediatrix, is one of the main conditions. He must impart grace through RCC sacraments, He must overlook “lesser” sins, He must give all His authority to their pope, and He must claim the RCC as His founding.
The HUGE problem with conditional faith is it will NOT save a sinner! It is a slap in God’s face to even place one condition at His feet. True love is unconditional, not one condition! So even the attempt or thought of a condition is stating that you do not love God, you love yourself as a god.
Did Jesus go to the cross with conditions on His mind? Not in the least! He didn’t atone for sins hoping that 2000 years later you would turn to Him first. He went willingly, unconditionally to atone for your sins! Do not construct your own golden calf because God is not meeting your rotten conditions, He will not bow to you nor will He ever bow to you! He will not bow to your world religion either!
The God Almighty is in control. Despite any thought otherwise, He never gave up His authority. Repent of your conditions if you placed any on Him. It may explain why your prayers go unanswered.