Enemies of Prayer
Prayer is such a vital part of a growing relationship with God. Prayer changes our focus, our attitude, and our pursuits. James 5:16 says that “the earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” For this reason, I am convinced that the devil will do anything he can to distract us from having an effective and powerful prayer life.
The Bible provides insight as to what some of the enemies of prayer are that can keep us from a prayer life that produces wonderful results. Below are some of those enemies:
You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. James 4:3
If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear; Psalms 66:18
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He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, even his prayer is an abomination. Prov. 28:9
“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.” James 1:6-7
"Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts and have put right before their faces the stumbling block of their iniquity.” Ezekiel 14:3
"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.” Matt. 6:5
“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.” Mark 11:25
“In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.” 1 Peter 3:1-7
“You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.” James 4:2
I pray these verses will help as you pray and seek the heart of God. I am convinced that the spiritual discipline of prayer can change our lives. As we grow closer to God, we will begin to pray as the Psalmist describes in Psalm 37:4 when he says: “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.”
In other words, when we get consumed with God then we will begin to pray for things that will bring Him glory. At that point, we will begin to see God do things that are beyond our imagination.