Hindrances to Prayer
Disobedience (August 2013 - Week 4)
(1). Deuteronomy 1:42-45 But the LORD said to me, "Tell them, 'Do not go up and fight, because I will not be with you. You will be defeated by your enemies.'" 43 So I told you, but you would not listen. You rebelled against the LORD's command and in your arrogance you marched up into the hill country. 44 The Amorites who lived in those hills came out against you; they chased you like a swarm of bees and beat you down from Seir all the way to Hormah. 45 You came back and wept before the LORD, but he paid no attention to your weeping and turned a deaf ear to you.
(2). Joshua 7:10-12 The Lord said to Joshua, “Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? 11 Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. 12 That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction.
(3). Luke 6:46 Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I say?
(4). John 3:21-22 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.
(5). “My case is urgent, and I do not see how I am to be delivered; but this is no business of mine. He who makes the promise will find ways and means of keeping it. It is mine to obey His commands; it is not mine to direct His counsels.” [C.H. Spurgeon]
(6). Prayer thought: Disobedience is my refusal to obey God, his word, commands, laws, and direction. Obedience is praying “God speak to me, and I will do it.” Our desire to hear and obey God should be similar to Cornelius in Acts 10:33 - “So I sent for you (Peter) immediately, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.”
Hinderances to Prayer
Sin (August 2013 - Week 3)
(1). Jeremiah 7:12-16 "'Go now to the place in Shiloh where I first made a dwelling for my Name, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel. 13 While you were doing all these things, declares the LORD, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you, but you did not answer. 14 Therefore, what I did to Shiloh I will now do to the house that bears my Name, the temple you trust in, the place I gave to you and your ancestors. 15 I will thrust you from my presence, just as I did all your fellow Israelites, the people of Ephraim.' 16 "So do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them; do not plead with me, for I will not listen to you.
(2). Psalm 66:18 If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; ...
(3). James 1:13-15 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
(4). “He who seeks God and who yet is unwilling to forsake sin, will not find Him because he is seeking Him where He cannot be found. [Jeanne MarieBouvier De La Motte Guyon, A Short Method of Prayer]
(5). Prayer thought: Sin hinders prayer. The solution to resolving that hindrance is a prayer of repentance, seen in the example to Israel - 2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Hinderances to Prayer
Disunity (August 2013 - Week 2)
(1). James 4:1-3 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
(2). 1 Corinthians 1:10-11 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe's household have informed me that there are quarrels among you.
(3). John 17:22-23 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one-- 23 I in them and you in me--so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
(4). “Often we want people to pray for us and help us, but we always defeat our object when we look too much to them and lean upon them. The true secret of union is for both to look upon God, and in the act of looking past themselves to Him they are unconsciously united.” [A.B. Simpson, Christ is the Head]
(5). Prayer thought: Our pride always offends others resulting in disunity. The result is the tarnishing of Godly relationships leading to quarrels which distances us from God. As Christ is unified with the Father, so must every Believer be unified so that we may draw close in prayer to our Heavenly Father.
Hindrances to Prayer
Unbelief/Lack of Faith (August 2013 - Week 1)
(1). Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
(2). 2 Corinthians 5:7 We live by faith, not by sight.
(3). Hebrews 3:12 See to it brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.
(4). James 1:6-7 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
(5). “Unbelief is not a misfortune to be pitied; it is a sin to be deplored. Its sinfulness lies in the fact that it contradicts the word of the one true God and thus attributes falsehood to Him.” [John Stott, The Epistles of John]
(6). Prayer thought: Unbelief begins with “Did God really say ...” (Genesis 3:1). Faith begins with “And God said ...” (Genesis 1:3). Prayer is listening through what faith began.