Corrie Ten Boom once asked, “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” In the life of the Christian, prayer should be our first and last resort in all circumstances. According to JB Cachila of Christian Today, prayer is "the way we communicate with our God who loves us and wants what is best for us." There are, however, certain prayers God simply will not answer. Examine your heart and read these three hindrances you may be experiencing in your prayer life:
In Luke 18:9-14, Jesus tells us in a parable of a proud Pharisee and a repentant tax collector, each praying in a temple. The Pharisee prayed to God, thanking Him for making him honorable above someone like the tax collector, who instead simply humbled himself and begged God for mercy. According to Jesus, the tax collector was "justified", yet the Pharisee's only reward was his own ego boost.
Selfish PrayersJames 4:3 is quite clear when it comes to prayers from a selfish heart: "You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures." Selfish prayers do not get God's approval.
Have you ever prayed while, in the back of your mind, thinking that God would never answer your prayer? James 1:6-7 tells us, "But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways." Praying this way is waste of time at best and an insult to God at worst.