Bible Studies

Hindrances to Prayer

Have you been praying about something for a long time but have not received the answer? Take a look at what the Apostle John said about prayer. I hope you are ready for this, it will change your life forever!

John said, “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” 1 John 3:22

Take a moment to meditate on the verse. Is your lifestyle pleasing to God? This is not a time for presumption and false modesty. You must be truthful with yourself. If you are living in sin your prayers will be hindered. Scripture says, “Behold the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear.  But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.” Isaiah 59:1-2 (NKJV)

It also says, If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. Psalms 66:18 (NKJV)

Albert Barnes Notes on the Bible explains Psalms 66:18 as the following:  If I regard iniquity in my heart – literally, “If I have seen iniquity in my heart.” That is, If I have indulged in a purpose of iniquity; if I have had a wicked end in view; if I have not been willing to forsake all sin; if I have cherished a purpose of pollution or wrong. The meaning is not literally, If I have “seen” any iniquity in my heart – for no one can look into his own heart, and not see that it is defiled by sin; but, If I have cherished it in my soul; if I have gloated over past sins; if I am purposing to commit sin again; if I am not willing to abandon all sin, and to be holy.

The Lord will not hear me – That is, He will not regard and answer my prayer. The idea is, that in order that prayer may be heard, there must be a purpose to forsake all forms of sin. This is a great and most important principle in regard to prayer. The same principle is affirmed or implied in Psalms 18:41; Psalms 34:15; Proverbs 1:28; Proverbs 15:29; Proverbs 28:9; Isaiah 15:1-9; Jeremiah 11:11; Jeremiah 14:12; Zechariah 7:13; John 9:31. It is also especially stated in Isaiah 58:3-7.

The principle is applicable:

(a) to secret purposes of sin; to sinful desires, corrupt passions. and evil propensities;

(b) to acts of sin in individuals, as when a man is pursuing a business founded on fraud, dishonesty, oppression, and wrong;

(c) to public acts of sin, as when a people fast and pray Isaiah 58:1-14, and yet hold their fellow-men in bondage; or enact and maintain unjust and unrighteous laws; or uphold the acts of wicked rulers; or countenance and support by law that which is contrary to the law of God; and

(d) to the feelings of an awakened and trembling sinner when he is professedly seeking salvation.

“If there is still the love of evil in his heart; if he has some cherished purpose of iniquity which he is not willing to abandon; if there is any one cannot hope that God will hear his prayer; he may be assured that he will not. All prayer, to be acceptable to God, must be connected with a purpose to forsake all sin.”

God still loves you and eagerly wants to bless you. He wants to answer your prayers but cannot  if you are living in sin, because he’s concerned about your soul. If He answered your prayers now  you could spend eternity in hell; because you would have no desire to turn away from sin and thus die in sin. God loves you but hates sin. He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross to set you free from its power.

You have been set free from the power of sin now you must live like a son or daughter of God.. One of the prime benefits of Salvation is being able to call God father. You are now an heir of Salvation and a member of Gods’ household. When you are a member of Gods household you have access to the things in Gods house. Imagine all of the goodies in God’s house!

So the first thing to do is to confess your sins to God so he can begin the cleansing process. 1 John 1:9 says,  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Then begin to walk in righteousness and enjoy the benefits of being a son or daughter of the Most High God!

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