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Hindrances to Prayer

Days of Praise, Dec. 5, 1998

1. There are times, however, when God would desire to answer our prayers, but is hindered by our own actions and attitudes, since He will only act in consistency with His own holy nature and loving wisdom. Some are listed below:

2. Sin in the heart: "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the LORD will not hear me" (text verse).

3. Unforgiving attitude: "When ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any" (Mark 11:25).

4. Carnal motive: "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts" (James 4:d3).

5. Selfish family relations: "Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered" (I Peter 3:7).

6. Unbelief: "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering….For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord" (James 1:6, 7). HMM