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Between Your Prayers And God: 5 Major Obstacles

Prayer is a essential component of every believer. As a matter of fact no believer can survive in keeping the walk of faith without prayer. Prayer is a channel or platform for communication between a believer and his maker. It is a process by which we create a relationship and continue to grow in that relationship with God.

However, prayer is not a time opportunity to appear before God whenever we are in trouble or in need. Its a continuous process of interacting with our maker which must be done all
the time, as Jesus says, "Watch you therefore, and pray always..." Luke  21:36

It is the believer's responsibility to learn how to pray effectively. An effective prayer is one that's
in line with the will of God ; it touches the intentions and the purposes of God in our lives. Annah needed a child, at the same time God needed a prophet so God fulfilled his purpose through answering Annah's prayer. 

Perhaps the best way to go about it is by knowing what you should avoid. Bellow are 5 main obstacles to an effective prayer:

Obstacles to Effective Prayer

Writter: Meshack Kombo, 
Transmission Technician,
Family TV, Kenya

 1. Sin

This is simply disobeying God, and it's one  of the biggest obstacles that will hinder God from hearing your prayers.

Isaiah  records, "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

The scripture shows clearly when we go before God to pray with our sins he can't hear us hence He can't answer such prayers. We need to repent and purpose to live a righteous life since God will always heed to the prayers of a righteous man.

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

 2. Attitude

This is a complex mental state involving beliefs, feelings, values and dispositions to act in a certain way. God will always give us what we need and not what we want; our God is a father and He knows what we need all the time.

There are some things we ask from God not because we need them but because we want them. That's why 
James warns us, "You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts. James 4:3 

When you pray to God for anything, always pray with an understanding and assume an attitude of surrender for He truly knows what you need. God knows the thoughts and intentions of every heart even before we come to Him in prayer. 

3. Unawareness of Scripture

Failing to know what the scripture says about prayer means you will always pray your own mind and your desires which are not always in line with the will of God. The knowledge from the word of God helps us to have an understanding about the purpose and will of the God;

John  15:7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

When his word abides in you it means it becomes part of you, changing you completely. Therefore, you shall have godly desires; your heart desires shall be in line with the will of God. Then you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you. Since the word of God abides or dwells in you, your will shall be God's will and God will not hesitate to do his will. So whatever you will shall be done unto you.

4. Inconsistency

This is the lack of stability or uniformity. Consistency is key to success in everything and lack of it means you will not achieve the intended results. Prayer is no excuse.

A time came for Jacob to bless his sons, and he tells Reuben, his firstborn, "Unstable as water, you shall not excel..." Genesis  49:4

I know those are not beautiful words. Reuben couldn't excel because he lacked stability. Consequently without stability in prayers we cannot excel. We must form a positive habit of consistently going before the father.

Here are some more verses to help you connect to consistent prayer:
Ephesians 6:18"   Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

1 Thessalonians  5:17: Pray without ceasing.

5. Unbelieving 

This is simply lack of faith. It's caused by mistrust and ignorance of the word of God. Without faith no one can access God since faith helps to trust in an unseen God.

The writer of Hebrews  has clearly that without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6 

A certain man came to Jesus crying that he should heal his son, which Jesus did. Earlier, Jesus' disciples could not heal the boy. Inquiring why  they could not cast out the devil, Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Matthew  17:20 

When we pray to God we have to believe that he is more than able to do or give what we ask from him. 

Conclusion

Your prayer life revolves around the five factors named above,  God loves you very much and He wants to have a relationship with you, a relationship of a father and a son. Remember God does not want us to come to him only when we are in need or trouble, He wants us to come to him all the time. He takes pleasure in dinning with his children. If you don't have a relationship with Him yet, feel free to contact us through the contact page and we shall be honored to help you. 

Blessings!

All Bible verses quoted from New King James Version