Then they will cry out to the Lord, but He will not answer them. Thus He will hide His face from them at that time, because of their evil deeds.
Nosh: It is good to know and remind oneself that sin or practiced evil is a barrier to answered prayer and supernatural intervention on our behalf, especially in times of crisis or need. However, we also see many examples in Scripture where God is moved to deliver even the evildoer who cries out to God with a humble and repentant heart. Humility is a divine motivator.