Jesus, in Luke 11, highlights the power of unceasing prayer. He tells His disciples that through persistence their requests will be given. Paul echos this revelation with his exhortation to the church of Colossi, “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving…”
This principle for asking does not only apply to righteous requests – but also to wicked petition. Jesus says, “Everyone who asks receives…” This applies not only to the believer, but to the unbeliever. We may ask, “When does the unbeliever pray?” Consider the idea of body language. Here’s an example:
A wife asks her husband to take out the trash. He responds by rolling his eyes and giving a short sigh. While he may not say with his lips that he doesn’t want to take out the trash, his body language, and more importantly his heart, say otherwise.
The same idea applies to the “lifestyle intercession” of the unbeliever. The unbeliever is knocking on the door to heaven through their lifestyles rooted in pride, self-want, ambition etc. And they are asking for more darkness by continuing to agree with and fuel iniquity in their hearts. If they continue to harden their heart towards the cross, God will give them what they want by hardening their heart for them. In Exodus this exact thing happens to Pharaoh. Pharaoh hardens his own heart for the first 5 plagues; then God begins to harden Pharaoh’s heart for him beginning with the sixth plague.