What Hinders Answer to Prayer

Prayer to God

God desires to answer the prayer of some people, but some factors hinder him from doing so.

The prayer of a married couple is hindered when they don't dwell together in harmony. Constant fights and quarrels between them can hinder God from answering their prayer (1 Peter 3:7).

Lack of interest in the things of God, especially his word, can hinder answers to prayer.

Proverbs 28:9, “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.”

God desires that we grow in his knowledge. He turns away his ears from anyone who doesn't receive his word or lacks interest in the things that concerns him.

Secret sin is another factor that hinders answers to prayer.

Psalm 66:18, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”

God hates sin. He lives in our hearts and no sin or thought is hidden from him. He has admonished through his word the we confess and forsake them (1 John 1:9).

Asking in prayer for the wrong motive also hinders the answer.

James 4:3, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

Lack of faith in prayer hinders the answers. It's impossible to please God without faith. Praying without the full confidence and assurance that he will answer the prayer hinders it from being answered (Hebrews 11:6).

Unforgiveness also hinders prayer. God expects us to forgive others as he forgives us. Holding grudges or keeping malice for offense hinders him from answering our prayer (Matthew 5:23-24).

Anxiety is caused by a lack of faith and can also hinder answers to prayer. God doesn't want us anxious over anything. It takes care of the birds and grasses. We are better. He created us in his image. He will always do the same for us (Philippians 4:6).

Lack of persistence in prayer hinders it. Prayer is like a door that you keep knocking on till access is granted (Matthew 7:7). Christ, in his parable, taught the importance of persistence in prayer. (Luke 11:5-8). We may pray, but don't receive when we easily give up too soon.

May God give us the heart free from guilt that we may have the confidence and boldness to ask and receive from him (Hebrews 4:16).
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