Prayer is an adventure! It is a calculated adventure. Many people view prayer as sort of a slot machine: Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn‘t. But that’s not true. The adventure of prayer works 100% of the time.
There are, however, some obstacles to a successful life of prayer. Let’s take a look at some of the most common obstacles to successful praying.
A young man sat in a teaching session where I talked about Enemies of Answered Prayer. He listed all the enemies on paper and placed the notes in his Bible. Later he told me that every time he had a problem in prayer, he would review his notes, locate the problem, administer the proper solution, and once again his prayer life would come alive! You can do the same!
Learn the Enemies of Answered Prayer and avoid them
LACK OF WORSHIP
This is one of the greatest obstacles to successful prayer.
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seek eth such to worship him.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him in spirit and in truth.
Now that we know that god heareth not sinners; but if any be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
Unsuccessful prayers are usually too long on request and too short on worship.
In baseball, a home run is wasted if you don’t touch first base. Worship is the first base in the believer’s prayer life. Praise, thank and worship the father in prayer.
LACK OF HONESTY AND SINCERITY
Notice above in John 4:23-24, it says to worship God in spirit and in TRUTH. Be sure you are being totally honest with God. Don’t try to soft-color your sins. Confess them. Be totally truthful with God about everything.
The greatest pray warriors in history have been people who have taken of their masks laid themselves open in sincerity and truth before God and before people.
Sincerity and honesty both before God and man are essential to an effective, successful prayer life.
This is what I call “the poor-old-me” attitude. People with this attitude cannot receive answers to prayer because their focus is always on themselves instead of on God.
All of us have had occasional “pity parties,” but what I’m referring to is habitual self-pity. Feeling sorry for yourself usually occurs when you look at a situation from the wrong angle.
Look at every adverse situation and understand that there is another way to view it. Blessings do sometimes come in disguised packages. Don’t let the” poor-old-me” attitude rob you of power with God.
USING THE WRONG RULES
There are different rules for different types of prayer. You don’t use the same rules for petitionary prayer that you do for intercessory prayer. In sports there are different games. For example, there is basketball, baseball, football, tennis, tether ball, golf, and soccer. All of these games us a ball, but there are different rules for playing each game.
Different types of prayers use different rules and principles. Read my post Kinds of Pray for your Circumstances.
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me;
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Notice: Only confessed sin receives forgiveness. The Blood of Jesus does not cleanse excuses.
CAUSING DISCORD IN THE CHURCH
For where there is envying and strife, there is confusion and every evil work.
Also read 2 Timothy 2:24-26 and Proverbs 6:16-19. This person is a friend of the devil although he may not realize it.
PRAYING TO BE SEEN OF MEN
When you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, enter your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
EATING TOO MUCH PRIOR TO
This will cause your mind to wander and often you will feel too tired to pray.
FEAR OF ASKING
We are sometimes afraid to ask God for things if we think our request is “too big” or “too much ” to ask. This is a trick of the devil. All through the Bible, God encourages His people to ASK.
Now read Enemies of Answered Prayer: Part 2. And don’t forget this either: You can run to first base only if you’re a member of the team. You become a member of the team by asking Jesus Christ to be your Captain!
Once again the timing of this article is amazing!
I have been battling with something in my life for years and have begged and begged the Lord to resolve it for me, but it’s never gone.
Just prior to reading your article…I engaged the Lord in pray on the subject again but in a totally different way. I just flat out said, “Lord, you’re my Father and you love me,and you’ve paid for the curse in my life and exchanged in on the cross…you cut a covenant with me, and you always keep your word! Thank you for changing my life once and for all!
And just like Michael Orhe in the film “Blind Side” I now know that it’s in your nature to give me ALL I need unconditionally and make it happen…even though I don’t deserve it and can’t earn it!
Then your article on Prayer popped up on my email…
So now I’m going to worship and thank Him for the wonderful God and Father that He is!!
And thank you for being a true servant of our King!
I loved this note. And blessed. Halleluya!
I hope God spoke into my situation, I am blessed to read this my prayer life will have to change. And further more I will download to teach them in my church.
Thanks, I needed this this morning. I’m also attending The Heart of Worship class right now. Im getting all I can and canning all I get. War Time in my life right now.
I am in total agreement with this wonderful inspiring message. Many need to read it and apply its principle because it works.
One of the major stumbling blocks- unconfessed sin is unforgiven sin. Thank you for including that in your teaching. We tell folks that God forgives, but we have to do our part to agree with God and turn from our sin.
What a blessed reminder on how to sharpen our prayer life, and thus, our warfare. Thank you, and God bless you Pastor (always) Dave!
Yes ! So true 🙂 PTL !
What a timely post for me. When the student is ready, the Teacher arrives.
I wrote each one of these down and placed them in plain site.
Along with them is the “Kinds of Prayers for your Circumstances. ”
Thank you for your great teachings
This is it what every one need on hand always.
Thanks for this beautiful piece.
Thank you so much for this email food of spiritual substance.
Thanks Pastor Dave!
I have been binding and losing much without being thankful enough.
I’ve just declared today my “Total Worship Day”.
You completed several nice points there. I did a search on the issue and found most folks will agree with your blog.