by Ernest Easley

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The Hindrances To Our Prayers (3 of 5)
Series: The Hindrances To Our Prayers
Ernest L. Easley
Proverbs 21:14

I am still receiving prayer-gathering reports from some of those who attended that experienced spiritual awakening or breakthrough.

Here's an example: ''Dear Pastor: the Sunday night prayer gathering was a huge blessing that I did not anticipate. Never having fasted before I was somewhat skeptical, but I truly wanted a refreshing for our church and especially me. So I fasted for the first time.

Through the fasting and our meaningful prayer service (I really thought that the prayer service was powerful!) I felt the Holy Spirit's validation of my decision to fast and was so convicted by how much the Lord has done for me and how little I do for Him.''

Not everyone walked away from the prayer gathering experiencing spiritual awakening or breakthrough had a good report to share. Some who attended walked off our campus and walked into spiritual warfare.

Here's one of them: ''Dr. Easley: I wished I had a positive story to tell. My week has been an intense spiritual battle that has all but incapacitated me. It started around 10:00 PM Sunday night and hasn't let up. My prayer is that God makes the burden lighter.''

Our prayer gathering not only got the attention of heaven, it got the attention of hell. You can believe that what has happened among us has the demons in hell stirred up. We must be ready for spiritual warfare that comes to us as we pray and fast and experience spiritual breakthroughs.

Now tonight we're simply picking up where we left off this morning during the blended service learning about prayer and what hinders it. Just as we can enhance our prayers through fasting, we can also hinder our prayers.

James tells us in James 5.16 that ''the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.'' If there are prayers that accomplish much; that tells us that there are also prayers that DON'T accomplish much. When I have a ...

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