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Summary: It is recommended that when you buy new tires for your car that you have a wheel alignment. Well, maybe we need to align our prayer life with the word to have effective prayer.

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OBSTACLES TO EFFECTIVE PRAYER

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

Matthew. 21:13 - God wants His House called a House of Prayer!

INTRODUCTION:

WHAT IS PRAYER?

I gave paper out to friends and asked them to write PRAYER IS: and then finish that line. Here are some of the answers they gave.

*talking with God, asking or praising

*is coming near to God

*is recognizing we stand on holy ground

*provides the correct answers

*prayer is connecting our lives with our Creator

*speaking to the Father about needs

*coming into God’s presence

*an intimate conversation with my best friend

*talking to the Father about small and large needs

*a lifeline to walk with God

*a way to stay sane in an insane world

*communication with God

*a way to open doors

*a sharing of our concerns

*a privileged opportunity, a blessing

powerful

*is bringing all our questions to the Throne of God

*is reaching out to our redeemer, He paid a price He did not owe

*the only way to a successful future, an escape

*a way to honor God

*is bringing our hurts, pains, disappointments to the caring Father

*fellowship with God

*a release of faith

*a chance to be with God one on one

*prayer is listening as well as talking

*laying down your petitions on the King’s desk!

There are many road blocks to effective prayer.

Anything that impedes progress, stops achievement, hinders prayer must be corrected.

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous

man availeth much.

Effectual - produce or able to produce a desired effect. Impressive, ready for action or service.

We need to evaluate our prayer system.

Examine to improve -- Alignment

Are all prayers answered?

1. Yes

2. Wait - delayed

3. No

4. Different from what you asked? But with His will.

I. Failure of past effects prayer today

Judges 16:28 And Samson called unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.

Matthew 26:40-41 And He cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 41: Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit

indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

II. One absolute obstacle to answered prayer is not praying

John 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

James 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

Ask out of God’s will

Luke 11:2 And He said unto them, when ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

III. Obstacle: Lack of Forgiveness

Matthew 5:22,24 But I say unto you, whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but


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