Spiritual and emotional hindrances block true fellowship with God and answers to prayer. We must recognize and remove them to live in harmony with Him and to have confidence in prayer.
The first hindrance is the impact of sin, which corrupts our faith, obedience, and prayers. “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:21–22).
When you sin—especially willfully—and disobey the Word, God will not hear you; you will not receive His favor. Isaiah 59:2 tells us, “Your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear,” and Psalm 66:18 says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (KJV).
First John 3:22 says, “And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight” (NKJV, emphasis added).
When we repent, however, 1 John 2:1 assures us, “If anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense —Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” Scripture promises that God will forgive us and hear us again: If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14, emphasis added)
Father, thank You for forgiving my sins. Please hear my prayers and give me the strength to avoid sin. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: Clearing out hindrances in our lives enables us to live in harmony with God.
Reading: 1 Chronicles 1–3; John 5:25–47
-Daily Power And Prayer Devotional (Myles Munroe)