Job 35:12-13 Pride hinders successful
"There they cry out, but He does not answer Because of the pride of evil men.
Surely God will not listen to an empty cry, Nor will the Almighty regard it."
Proverbs 1:24-32 Forsaking God hinders successful
"Because I called and you refused, I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;
And you neglected all my counsel And did not want my reproof; I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock
when your dread comes, When your dread comes like a storm And your calamity comes like a whirlwind, When
distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me
diligently but they will not find me, Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD.
They would not accept my counsel, They spurned all my reproof. So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way
And be satiated with their own devices. For the waywardness of the naive will kill them, And the complacency
of fools will destroy them."
Proverbs 15:29 Wickedness hinders successful
"The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous."
Proverbs 21:13 Refusal to help the poor
hinders successful prayer.
"He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be
Isaiah 59:1-2 Unconfessed sin hinders
"Behold, the LORD'S hand is not so short That it cannot save; Nor is His ear so
dull That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins
have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear."
Jeremiah 11:10-14 Idolatry hinders successful
"They have turned back to the iniquities of their ancestors who refused to hear
My words, and they have gone after other gods to serve them; the house of Israel and the house of Judah have
broken My covenant which I made with their fathers." Therefore thus says the LORD, 'Behold I am bringing
disaster on them which they will not be able to escape; though they will cry to Me, yet I will not listen
to them. Then the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem will go and cry to the gods to whom they
burn incense, but they surely will not save them in the time of their disaster. For your gods are as many as
your cities, O Judah; and as many as the streets of Jerusalem are the altars you have set up to the shameful
thing, altars to burn incense to Baal. Therefore do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer
for them; for I will not listen when they call to Me because of their disaster.'"
Matthew 6:5 Pretentiousness hinders successful
"When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and
pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they
have their reward in full."
Matthew 6:7 Meaningless repetition hinders
"And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do,
for they suppose that they will be heard for their many word."
Matthew 26:40-44 Sleepiness / Exhaustion
hinders successful prayer.
"And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, 'So,
you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into
temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.' He went away again a second time and prayed,
saying, 'My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.' Again He came and
found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third
time, saying the same thing once more."
Mark 11:25 The inability to forgive hinders
"Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so
that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions."
Luke 18:9-14 Self-righteousness hinders
And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they
were righteous, and viewed others with contempt: "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee
and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: 'God, I thank You that I
am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a
week; I pay tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling
to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, the sinner!' I
tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be
humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."
James 1:5-8 Doubt hinders successful prayer.
"But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously
and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one
who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that
he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways."
James 4:3 Selfishness hinders successful prayer.
"You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may
spend it on your pleasures."
1 Peter 3:7 Poor marital relationship hinders
"You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as
with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that
your prayers will not be hindered.
The hindrances to successful prayer are: pride, forsaking God, wickedness, refusal to help the poor,
unconfessed sin, idolatry, pretentiousness, meaningless repetition, sleepiness, inability to forgive,
self righteousness, doubt, selfishness, and poor marital relationship.