Ibrahim on Dua: Why are our supplications not answered?

Al-Qurtubi reported: It was said to Ibrahim ibn Adham, “What is wrong with us that we supplicate and receive no answer?” Ibrahim said, “It is because you know Allah and you do not obey him. You know the Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, and you do not follow him or his Sunnah. You know the Quran and you do not act according to it. You eat from the blessings of Allah and you are not thankful for it. You know Paradise and you do not seek it. You know Hellfire and you do not flee from it. You know Satan and you do not fight him, rather you agree with him. You know death and you do not prepare for it. You bury the dead and you do not learn from it. You ignore your own faults and you are busy with the faults of other people.”

Source: Tafsīr al-Qurṭubī 2:186

عن القرطبي وَقِيلَ لِإِبْرَاهِيمَ بْنِ أَدْهَمَ رحمه الله مَا بَالُنَا نَدْعُو فَلَا يُسْتَجَابُ لَنَا قَالَ لِأَنَّكُمْ عَرَفْتُمُ اللَّهَ فَلَمْ تُطِيعُوهُ وَعَرَفْتُمُ الرَّسُولَ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَلَمْ تَتَّبِعُوا سُنَّتَهُ وَعَرَفْتُمُ الْقُرْآنَ فَلَمْ تَعْمَلُوا بِهِ وَأَكَلْتُمْ نِعَمَ اللَّهِ فَلَمْ تُؤَدُّوا شُكْرَهَا وَعَرَفْتُمُ الْجَنَّةَ فَلَمْ تَطْلُبُوهَا وَعَرَفْتُمُ النَّارَ فَلَمْ تَهْرُبُوا مِنْهَا وَعَرَفْتُمُ الشَّيْطَانَ فَلَمْ تُحَارِبُوهُ وَوَافَقْتُمُوهُ وَعَرَفْتُمُ الْمَوْتَ فَلَمْ تَسْتَعِدُّوا لَهُ وَدَفَنْتُمُ الْأَمْوَاتَ فَلَمْ تَعْتَبِرُوا وَتَرَكْتُمْ عُيُوبَكُمْ وَاشْتَغَلْتُمْ بِعُيُوبِ النَّاسِ

2:186 الجامع لأحكام القرآن سورة البقرة قوله تعالى وإذا سألك عبادي عني فإني قريب