Hindrances to prayer
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus.” – Hebrews 10:19
One of the lines of a hymn on prayer exclaims, “What various hindrances we meet in coming to the mercy seat!” Today, I write on the hindrances to prayers. God’s desire is to answer everyone’s prayer, but because of hindrances we allow to overcome us, our prayers are unanswered. The Bible says that God’s eyes run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are loyal to him. Not only do we need to know how to pray for results but we also need to know what can hinder our prayers from getting answered.
The first hindrance is doubt and unbelief. Although similar, there are differences between these two popular hindrances. Doubt comes from ignorance of God’s Word, while unbelief is caused by someone choosing not to believe. In other words, someone knows that God exists, yet chooses not to believe because of other issues. You can lead a horse to the water but he will have to drink for himself.
The key to removing doubt and unbelief is simply to take God’s Word as final authority and expect God to act on his Word. Jeremiah confirms that he will complete what he has begun.
The second hindrance in our prayer life is the lack of knowledge of our right standing with God. You are a child of the king, and as such you have unalienable rights to your father’s storehouse. Stop being shy and afraid, and walk boldly into your father’s presence and claim your inheritance.
As I am writing, I answer the phone and on the line is a young lady with a very pleasant voice. She remembers me from the time I was with the government’s rental program. She needed a place to rent. I told her that situations like this are what gives God an extra surge to perform miracles. I can testify to that because I went to see a house and loved it from the very threshold of the door. I had not a cent, but God opened some doors. I had prayed and written to him for an old house through a dead-end corner. As I write it is my abode!
Ignorance of our right to use the name of Jesus is a hindrance to our prayer life. Jesus himself gave us the right to use his name: “Verily, verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you.”
Another hindrance to our prayer life is unforgiveness and strife. Have you met this very popular couple? They are in every home, every church, every job, never late, never absent. They appear at every function without invitation because most times they are the party, and they indulge in nepotism for they travel with their family members, envy and hate!
Jesus said that we are to forgive so that we may be forgiven. James advises us to rid ourselves of strife – “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” Forgive and love today and get results.
Lastly, the lack of fellowship will hinder your prayer life. Fellowship is very important in your prayer life. If you do not have a prayer group, now is the time to get connected to one.
Oh, the wonderful stories I have of the power of prayer.
Why not try singing your requests to God? How beautiful that would be.