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Hindrances to prayer

Hindrances to prayer

Hindrances to prayer

By John Chopores

1. Wrong relationship between husbands and wives. Cf.

1PE 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with {them} according to knowledge, [i]giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not [ii]hindered. (KJV)

2. Wrongs not righted, debts not paid, and Brothers Unreconciled. Cf.

(Matthew 5:23-24 KJV)

(23) Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there [iii]rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; (24) Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be [iv]reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

LUK 19:8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore {him} fourfold. (KJV)

3. Divorce cf.

(Malachi 2:13-16 KJV)

(13) And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth {it} with good will at your hand. (14) Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the Lord hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet {is} she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. (15) And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. (16) For the Lord, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for {one} covereth violence with his garment, saith the Lord of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.

4. Unforgiveness Cf.

MAT 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. (KJV)

(Matthew 6:14-15 KJV)

(14) For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: (15) But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.



5. Hatred Cf.

(1John 3:18-22 KJV)

(18) My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. (19) And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. (20) For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. (21) Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, {then} have we confidence toward God. (22) And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

1JO 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. (KJV)

6. Any kind of sin. Cf.

ISA 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid {his} face from you, that he will not hear. (KJV)


PSA 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear {me}: (KJV)

1PE 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord {are} over the righteous, and his ears {are open} unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord {is} against them that do evil. (KJV)

7. Lust. Cf.

JAM 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume {it} upon your lusts. (KJV)

8. Praying for the wrong reason(s). Cf.

JAM 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume {it} upon your lusts. (KJV)

9. Not praying in faith. Cf.

(James 1:6-8 KJV)

(6) But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and [1]tossed. (7) For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. (8) A double minded man {is} unstable in all his ways.

10. Not hearing the Law! Cf. Proverbs 28:9

            9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be  abomination. (KJV)


[1]4494 rhipizo {hrip-id'-zo}

from a derivative of 4496 (meaning a fan or bellows);; v

AV - toss 1; 1

1) to raise a breeze, put air in motion, whether for the sake of

   kindling a fire or cooling one's self

   1a) to blow up a fire

   1b) to fan, i.e. cool with a fan

2) to toss to and fro, to agitate

   2a) of the wind

   2b) of persons whose mind wavers in uncertainty between hope and

       fear, between doing and not doing a thing

[i] 5723 Tense - Present                     See 5774

     Voice - Active                      See 5784

     Mood  - Participle                  See 5796

     Count - 2549

[ii] 5745 Tense - Present                     See 5774

     Voice - Passive                     See 5786

     Mood  - Infinitive                  See 5795

     Count - 105

            “That you prayers be not continually hindered.”

[iii] 5686 Tense - Aorist                      See 5777

     Voice - Passive                     See 5786

     Mood  - Subjunctive                 See 5792

     Count - 219

5792 Mood - Subjunctive


    The subjunctive mood is the mood of possibility and

    potentiality.  The action described may or may not occur,

    depending upon circumstances.  Conditional sentences of the

    third class ("ean" + the subjunctive) are all of this type, as

    well as many commands following conditional purpose clauses,

    such as those beginning with "hina."

5786 Voice - Passive


    The passive voice represents the subject as being the

    recipient of the action.  E.g., in the sentence, "The boy was

    hit by the ball," the boy receives the action.


[iv] 5649 Tense - Second Aorist               See 5780

     Voice - Passive                     See 5786

     Mood  - Imperative                  See 5794

     Count - 9

5794 Mood - Imperative


    The imperative mood corresponds to the English imperative, and

    expresses a command to the hearer to perform a certain action

    by the order and authority of the one commanding.  Thus,

    Jesus' phrase, "Repent ye, and believe the gospel" (Mk.1:15)

    is not at all an "invitation," but an absolute command

    requiring full obedience on the part of all hearers.

1259 diallasso {dee-al-las'-so}


from 1223 and 236; TDNT - 1:253,40; v


AV - reconcile 1; 1


1) to change

2) to change the mind of anyone, to reconcile

3) to be reconciled, to renew friendship with one