People often say, “Prayer is difficult for me. It seems as though my prayers only go as high as the ceiling.” Sometimes that is true. Obstacles to our prayer lives really can hinder our prayers. Certain things will cause a break in our fellowship with God.
Prayer is intimacy and fellowship with God. It is that which enables us to enter into His presence. Therefore, anything that causes a break in our fellowship with God is a hindrance to prayer.
Religion without a relationship with God hinders us from experiencing the true meaning of prayer. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). Many churches are filled with religious people who don’t have an intimate relationship with the Father. That relationship can only be secured through personal faith in Jesus Christ.
The scribes and Pharisees prayed often. Although they were religious people, they didn’t have a personal relationship with God. For them, prayer was a religious duty. It was not a means of entering into the presence of the Father; it was an obligation. Without receiving Jesus as their Messiah, they would never understand the meaning of prayer.
Lord, I praise You for allowing me to have intimate fellowship with You through Jesus! Help me to listen to Your voice so that I will know if there is anything in my life hindering my prayers! Show me how to help others who struggle with their prayer lives so that my church can be filled with people who call upon Your name with hearts fully committed to You.
–Adapted from The Prayer Factor: Adventures with a God who Hears and Answers by Sammy Tippit. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise the heavenly Father, who has become your Father through Jesus Christ. Give thanks that in Jesus Christ you have been given a heavenly citizenship. Confess those habits which draw you from his love. Commit yourself to finding all that you desire in the Lord. Ask to be delivered from the power of the evil one.
Pray that family members and friends will reflect the lordship of Christ in their daily schedules, and that relationships will not be neglected.
“The right way to pray, then, is any way that allows us to communicate with God. For prayer is not a ritual; it is the soul’s inherent response to a relationship with a loving Father.” —Colleen Townsend Evans
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