Overcoming the Barriers to Prayer (3 of 6) by Jeff Schreve

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Overcoming the Barriers to Prayer (3 of 6)
Series: The School of Prayer
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Hebrews 4:14-16

If you have your Bible, please turn to Hebrews chapter 4, Hebrews chapter 4. We're in a series called "The School of Prayer." And, today, I want to talk to you about "Overcoming the Barriers to Prayer."

Now we have said in this series, and I trust you would agree with me, prayer is not hard to do, but it's hard to do. I mean, it's kind of a paradox, because prayer is something that you don't have to have a Ph.D. in Theology to pray, but many of us have trouble praying. We sing songs about prayer, Sweet Hour of Prayer, and then we freak out if we thought we had to pray for an hour. And we read the Scripture that says, "Pray without ceasing," and that really freaks us out. And you're like, "Man, you know, I get ready to pray and it seems like in no time at all my mind is wandering. It seems like I run out of things to say. It seems like it's just so stiff and uncomfortable and, man, what am I doing? What am I saying? And then sometimes I fall asleep. And, man, that's the real bad one." And so, then you're praying and then you're falling asleep while you're praying. And then you're thinking, Gosh, I'm supposed to be talking to God here. O God, forgive me for falling asleep as I was talking to You. And in your asking God to forgive you, your mind starts to wander, and you're thinking, I wonder what's for lunch. And you just go all over the map. And that's prayer. Well, why is prayer so hard for us to do? It's simply because this: There's power in prayer. And the devil's not stupid. The devil knows that there's great power in prayer, so the devil will work overtime to keep you and to keep me from praying and from understanding prayer, and he will put up barriers and roadblocks to pray; barriers and roadblocks in our minds so that we don't enter into prayer very easily and very powerfully. You know, we have the term in Christian circles called "a prayer wa ...


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