Saturday, December 10, 2011

Paula: Hindrances to Prayer (text)

There are three sorts of hindrances to prayer. First of all there are things in us that break off connection with God, the source of the changing power. Then there are certain things in us that delay, or diminish the results; that interfere with the full swing of the prayer plan of operations. And then there is a great outside hindrance to be reckoned upon.—Samuel Dickey Gordon, Quiet Talks on Prayer






For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (1 John 2:16)

A.Disobedience
Lust of the eyes, flesh, pride of life
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
(Colossians 3:5-6)

B. Doubting
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
(James 1:5-7)






C. Double Mindedness
Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
(1 Timothy 5:17)

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
(James 1:8)

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
(James 4:8)







D. False Teachers, False Prophets
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
(2 Peter 2:1-3)

Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
(1 Timothy 1:4-10)

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
(2 Timothy 4:3-4)

E. Faith Without Works
For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
(James 2:13-26)


F. Forsaking God
Thus saith the LORD unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the LORD doth not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins. Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for this people for their good. When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.
(Jeremiah 14:10-12)



G. Idol Worship
Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them. Then shall the cities of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem go, and cry unto the gods unto whom they offer incense: but they shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble. For according to the number of thy cities were thy gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have ye set up altars to that shameful thing, even altars to burn incense unto Baal. Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble.
(Jeremiah 11:11-14)

Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these. And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.
(Ezekiel 8:15-18)

H. Husbands Wrong Treatment of Wife
Lord Jesus, grant that I and my spouse may Have a true and understanding love for each Other. Grant that we may both be filled with Faith and trust. Give us the grace to live with Each other in peace and harmony.

May we always bear with one another’s Weaknesses and grow from each other’s Strengths. Help us to forgive one another’s Failings and grant us patience, kindness, Cheerfulness and the spirit of placing the Well-being of one another ahead of self.-Amen
-Author Unknown

And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand. Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.
(Malachi 2:13-16)

Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
(1 Peter 3:7)


I. Hypocrisy
For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?
(Job 27:8-9)

J. Impatience
Then believed they his words; they sang his praise. They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.
(Psalms 106:12-15)







K. Inhumanity
Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
(Proverbs 21:13)

For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
(James 2:13)

L. Insincerity
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
(Matthew 15:8)





M. Pride
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
(Proverbs 8:13)

When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
(Proverbs 11:2)

Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
(Proverbs 13:10)

In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
(Proverbs 14:3)

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
(Proverbs 16:18)

A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
(Proverbs 29:23)

A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
(Proverbs 6:17)

The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
(Proverbs 15:25)

Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
(Proverbs 16:5)

Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
(Proverbs 16:19)

An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
(Proverbs 21:4)

Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
(Proverbs 21:24)

He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
(Proverbs 28:25)


N. Selfish Motives
“Your cravings as a human animal do not become a prayer just because it is God whom you ask to attend them.”
-Dag Hammaraskjold

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
(James 4:3)


O. Self-Righteous Attitude
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
(Luke 18:11-14)

P. Rejecting the call of God


Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
(Proverbs 1:24-25)
Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
(Proverbs 1:28)

Q. Repetitious Prayers
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
(Matthew 6:7)






R. Sin
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
(Psalms 66:18)

Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
(Isaiah 59:1-2)

Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?
(Malachi 2:17)

Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
(John 9:31)

S. Unforgiveness
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
(Matthew 6:14-15)

T. Unworthy Sacrifice
Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts. And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts.
(Malachi 1:7-9)

U. Wayward Tongue
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
(Psalms 139:4)

A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
(Proverbs 6:17)

The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
(Proverbs 15:2)

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
(Proverbs 15:4)

He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
(Proverbs 17:20)

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
(Proverbs 18:21)

The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
(Proverbs 21:6)

Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
(Proverbs 21:23)

The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
(Proverbs 25:23)

A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
(Proverbs 26:28)

If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
(James 1:26)

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
(James 3:6)

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
(James 3:5)

For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
(1 Peter 3:10)

For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:
(2 Corinthians 12:20)

Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
(James 4:11)

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
(Ephesians 4:29-31)

He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
(1 Timothy 6:4-5)

When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
(Colossians 3:4-9)

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