3 THINGS THAT HINDER PRAYER: MAKE YOUR PRAYERS COUNT
Antonio Baldovinos | Spiritual Growth
Most people will probably never meet a president, a prime minister or a king. We all however, have the greatest privilege to speak and hear from the greatest Person in all of History: God.
Through prayer we get this privilege. We get to speak to the Creator of the universe. Jesus has made a way for this to be possible.
The government of God is set up for us to speak to Him. We go before the throne of God to speak to the King of Kings. We speak to God and He speaks back to us. We make our requests known to Him and He releases resources on earth.
God governs the universe in intimate partnership with His people that begin through prayer.
God opens doors of blessing and closes doors of oppression in response to our prayers. There are blessings that God has chosen to give, but only if His people rise up in the intimate partnership of prayer to ask for them.
I want more than anything to make my prayers count. There are some things however that can hinder our prayers. Our prayer life can be clogged or blocked. Lets look at some of the reasons:
1. IF HUSBANDS DISHONOR WIVES
"Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered” (1 Peter 3:7)
This verse implies that the husband’s prayers can be blocked if they don’t honor their wives. If you want your prayers to be helped and not hindered you have to live with your wife in a certain way. It’s called honor.
And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses (Mark 11:25).
Forgiveness reminds us what God has done for us. Un-forgiveness reveals that we have forgotten what God has done for us.
The forgiveness of our sins is dependent upon how we forgive the sins of those who have sinned against us. The measure we use for others is the measure God uses for us. Un-forgiveness is a major cause of unanswered prayer.
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord (James 1:6-7).
Doubt means, “to be undecided or skeptical about something.” As Christians, doubt is an enemy to our faith because we are to believe what God has said will happen.
When we pray, let us pray with mountain moving faith. We must believe that we will receive what we ask for. Doubt kills prayer; faith on the other hand brings prayer to life.
If there is anything that is hindering your prayer life, consider some of these things and invite the Holy Spirit to help you. God invites all of us to run to the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.