HINDRANCES TO PRAYER

 

PURPOSE

 

In this study, we will explore several things that can hinder our prayers to God.

 

OPENER

 

Does God hear everyone's prayer?

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LESSON

 

HERE ARE SEVERAL THINGS THAT CAN HINDER OUR PRAYERS TO GOD.

 

1.      FIRST, AN UNFORGIVING SPIRIT CAN HINDER OUR PRAYERS TO GOD.

 

In (Mark 11:25), Jesus reveals that if we are unwilling to forgive others when they sin against us, then God will not forgive us when we ask Him for forgiveness.  So in other words, our prayers for forgiveness can be denied or hindered if we have an unforgiving spirit.  What does "forgiveness" mean?

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Should we forgive others even if they refuse to apologize for their wrongdoing? 

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Can you think of a Bible character that forgave His family of their evil deeds? 

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Share a time when you struggled with unforgiving feelings and how you were able to eventually forgive.  

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2.      SECOND, DOUBT CAN HINDER OUR PRAYERS TO GOD.

 

According to (James 1:5-7), if a person prays with doubt, what will He receive from the Lord?

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What does the word "doubt" mean?

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From (Luke 1:5-23), why was Zechariah not able to speak until the day his child was born?

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What kind of faith are we to have in prayer (Mark 11:22-24)?

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3.      THIRD, AN IMPROPER HUSBAND-WIFE RELATIONSHIP CAN HINDER OUR PRAYERS TO GOD.

 

Read (1 Peter 3:7).  What is this verse teaching?

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Why does an improper husband-wife relationship have the potential to hinder prayer?

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4.      LASTLY, CAN YOU THINK OF ANY OTHER THINGS THAT CAN HINDER OUR PRAYERS TO GOD?

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CONCLUSION:

 

1.      Here are several things that can hinder our prayers to God.

 

a.      An unforgiving spirit.

 

b.      Doubt.

 

c.      An improper husband-wife relationship.

 

2.      May we live such a life that all of our prayers make it to the throne room of God… 

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