Summary: Do you know that your prayers are heard. There are some things that will stop your prayers from being heard.
Hindrances to Prayer
We have been in a study of How to get prayers answered. We have looked at several things about prayer that all must be taken together for the proper results.
If we had preached them all together we would have been here a long time and that is why we are on the sixth study.
Just as a cake must be put together in proper sequence so must prayer be done properly to know for SURE that your prayers will be answered.
We have looked at the reason of prayer and found it is:
#1 The Purpose of Prayer is Fellowship and Relationship.
#2 The Way to Receive from God
#3 The way God’s Kingdom is established in the earth is prayer.
We have found that we are to Pray in the authority of Jesus or in the name of Jesus.
We have also learned to NOT GIVE UP in prayer or be persistence in prayer.
There are Different Kind of Prayers just as there are different kinds of sports, and must be prayed and played under the proper rules.
One evening we talked about how to pray the will of God and not to pray “IF it be thy Will”, and To PRAY TO OUR HEVENLY, HOLY, AWSOME,
POWERFUL, and ALL KNOWING FATHER.
Looking into the Word of God we have discovered that there may be delays in answered prayer and the reasons for that delay
Last week we found that the Prayer of Faith was the way to get things, also that only the person desiring those things can pray the Prayer of Faith.
The Prayer of Faith must be based upon the Word of God and believe that we RECEIVE BEFORE WE SEE.
Tonight we will see the Reasons for Hindrances of Prayer.
Mt 7: 7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
This should be an exciting set of scriptures to everyone here.
It says 8. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
This is saying EVERYONE not just the perfect or the righteous but to EVERYONE that asks will receive.
I could go on preaching for hours about the surety of answered prayer but we live in a REAL WORLD and we know that there are times that prayers are sometimes not answered that easily.
THERE ARE HINDRANCES TO PRAYER.
I will talk about six of the hindrances.
Prayer Answers always takes time. Many FAINT before the ANSWER gets there. Many times our prayer are delayed maybe because Demons have delayed your answer. While we are waiting we get discouraged and give up.
Jesus said DON’T GIVE UP.
Lu. 18 1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
When we pray it reaches though a world of Spirits and the Devil is ready to stop any good thing from getting through.
God Answers immediately when we pray but it may take time for the answer to reach to the seen world.
Daniel prayed for an answer and it took 21 days before he got it.
Da 10: 12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard and I am come for thy words.13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
GOD HEARD THE DAY HE PRAYED, it just took a while for the answer to show up.
Daniel received the answer the day he prayed. It just was not seen.
We are to “Walk by Faith and not by Sight”. We have been praying for our children, kinfolk and it seems that God is not answering but HE HEARD YOU AND ANSWERED THE DAY YOU PRAYED IT JUST MAY TAKE SOME TIME TO SEE THE ANSWER.
Start thanking God now, DON’T GIVE UP, DON’T GIVE OUT, DON’T GIVE IN.
The biggest hindrance to prayer is people FAINTING.