What hinders effective praying

15 Feb 2022 | By Pst. Gitahi Daniel

We looked at sin as one of the biggest hinderances to effective praying last time. We pick up from there, with the other hinderances. 

  Praying/ Asking Amiss 

God does not hear prayers where you pray against people's well-being. 

Some believers even fast so that others can fail, or not achieve, whatever they are set out to. 

You are not supposed to ask God to punish people that have caused you harm. 

In the New Testament, the era of grace, we ought to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. (Matt 5:44) 

Statements and declarations such as 'back to the sender' are wrong and unbiblical. 

Suppose someone dies because of your prayers, and their children are left behind as orphans. How will that glorify God? 

James 4:1-3 talks of how it is possible to pray and not receive from God, because of praying amiss and with the wrong motives. 

Remember that murder, according to Matthew 5:44-48, includes hating your enemies and those that have done you harm.

 It is possible to commit murder even in prayers. Praying against people's well-being and progress, is as good as killing them. 

 James 4:2 'You desire but do not have, so you kill. 

The story of Hannah In 1 Samuel 1, is a good example of what one can achieve by praying right. 

Hannah was probably praying amiss at first.

She was agonised because of what Peninah was putting her through. 

When she changed her style of Prayer, God granted her request. She made a prayer of covenant. 

Asking amiss is a big block to your prayers. Pray in the will of God. 


Trouble in the Family 

1 Peter 3:7 addresses men, as family heads, on how to treat their wives. 

If you pray when you are not in good terms with your wife, your prayers will be hindered. It does not matter the anointing you carry. 

This goes for the wives too. Make peace with your spouse first. Cleanse yourself then call onto God. 


You could be praying in the right way, and with the right motives, but if you are a person that harbours bitterness and unforgiveness, you will most likely not be heard. 

According to John 9:31, God does not listen to sinners. 

Matt 6:15 further states that if you do not forgive others, God will not forgive you your sins. 

Unforgiveness is a sin. Just like all other sins, it is a block to effective praying. 

1 John 4:20 says that whoever claims to love God but hates a fellow brethren is a liar. 


Put away all weight and hinderances. You could be putting enough efforts in prayer, but these blocks will cause God not to hear you.


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