Hindrances to Prayer

Hindrances to Prayer

Prayer is an encounter with God that is initiated by God in which we humbly communicate and worship the Lord, confess our sins and transgressions, and ask him to fulfill both our needs and the desires of our heart.

What are some hindrances to this encounter?
What are some common hindrances to prayer?
What are the truths in scripture that give us the ability to journey through these hindrances?

Hindrances to Prayer

(1) Sin in the life. Not walking in fellowship (John 4:22-23; Jude 20; Eph. 6:18; Ps. 66:18; Eph. 4:30; 1 John 1:9)

(2) Failure to spend time in the Word of God (Prov. 28:9; John 15:7; Ps. 119)

(3) Failure to pray in faith (Matt. 21:22; 1 John 5:14-15; James 1:5-7; Heb. 11:6)

(4) Failure to ask because of a spirit of self-dependence (James 4:2)

(5) Failure to ask from the right motives, without concern for God’s will (James 4:3, 15; 1 Cor. 4:19; Matt. 6:10; 26:42).

(6) Failure to endure, fainting under pressure (Luke 18:1; cf. 1 Sam. 27:1-3 with Isa. 40:31)
(7) Wrong relations with people, an unforgiving spirit (Mark 11:25-26)

(8) Pretentious praying, praying to impress people (Matt. 6:5-8)

(9) Religious zeal in the form of vain repetitions and cultic ritual (Matt. 6:7; 1 Kings 18:26-29; Rom. 10:2-3)

(10) Domestic breakdown in the home (1 Pet. 3:7)

Our hope and prayer is that these truths about hindrances surround and renew your life as your communicate with the Father.

Thanks to Bible.org for the insight into healthy prayer.

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