Hindrances To Prayer
Praying for our own will or praying to please other men
1 John 5:14: And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
I once heard a Christian pray something like this: Lord if it be thy will, save that person. If it be thy will, heal that other person. If it be thy will, restore that backslider. If it be thy will get that person a job. I got tired of him praying like that. I have come to believe that he was more right than I was. Jesus taught us to pray Thy will be done. Our prayers should not be wrestling matches with God . . . they should be a surrender.
Not depending on the Holy Spirit
Romans 8:26: Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Do we ever pray prayers that we really don*t care about?
James 5:16: Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Titus 2:14: Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Praying when we don*t really believe God will answer
James 5:15: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Praying without compassion
Luke 23:34: Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
Praying to yourself . . . Pride
Luke 18:11: The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
Isaiah 59:2: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Conflicts in marriages and other relationships
1 Peter 3:7: Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
Rejecting God*s Word or parts of it
Proverbs 28:9: He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
There are other times when even our prayers are sin and need to be forgiven.
We have thoughts that need to be forgiven. Since I have been saved I have learned that I sin at least as much in my thoughts as I do in my actions. Do we have any thoughts that we don*t want God to know about? Bad news. He knows them.
Psalm 94:11: The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
Lack of commitment
Romans 12:1-2: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Proving the will of God is easier to do after the fact.
Proverbs 16:3: Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
We would like to know what God wants before we commit to it. If we know the Lord we will commit to Him no matter what.
Too often we think we know God*s will when we do not. Even when we pray for exactly what we know is God*s will, we don*t know how He will do it or when.
Psalm 19:13: Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
James 4:14: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.