10 Hindrances to Prayer

1.Sin: If we humble ourselves, seek God, and turn from sin, God will forgive us and hear our prayers.

2.Fear: Fear blocks our prayers by undermining our faith. We must accept God’s forgiveness and the new spirit He has given us—one of power, love, and a sound mind.

3.Guilt: To conquer feelings of condemnation, we must realize that God has forgiven us and has forgotten our sins; therefore, we can pray with assurance.

4.Feelings of Inferiority: As God’s beloved children, we are not beggars. We can pray confidently based on God’s Word, Jesus’ testimony, and the Spirit’s advocacy.

5.Wrong Motives: When we have our priorities right and put God’s kingdom first, He will hear our prayers and meet our daily needs.

6.Bitterness: God will not hear our prayers if we hold iniquity in our hearts. We need to maintain pure, transparent hearts before God and men.

7.An Unforgiving Spirit: Withholding forgiveness blocks our relationship with God and others.  “Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”

8.Broken Family Relationships: God will not answer our prayers if we fail to demonstrate His love and grace to our family members. We must reconcile broken relationships as soon as we can.

9.Idols: We must examine our priorities. Anything we value more than God is an idol that will hinder our prayers.

10.Stinginess: Proverbs 21:13 says, “If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.” Our prayers will be answered if we are compassionate and generous rather than greedy and stingy.