Marty at Walking in Faith wrote about a bumper sticker she saw on a car, which stated: “Nothing Fails Like Prayer.”
My initial knee jerk reaction to the bumper sticker was negative, as in “that sad person hasn’t got a clue about prayer,” but then, I thought more about it. And now, I pretty much agree with the bumper sticker’s logic although I would change it a little bit so it reads: “Nothing Fails Like Prayers By Christians.”
Let’s be honest, okay?
How many of us have prayed healing prayers for people? I have and many were not healed.
How many of us have prayed for people’s finances? I have and some have gone bankrupt.
How many of us have prayed for marriages? I have and a few have suffered divorces.
What’s the problem?
You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? (Galatians 5:7)
There are hindrances to praying effectively.
Wolfgang Simpson wrote about a group of Christians praying for a city in a foreign country. The city was filled with wickedness and darkness. They fasted and prayed for years, but nothing ever changed. The group finally decided to fast and pray to discover how to pray for the city.
After a period of time, the Holy Spirit spoke to them: “Pray that My divine plans and redemptive purposes are fulfilled in this city.”
The group began praying the way the Holy Spirit showed them.
Soon, the city’s economy and social structure collapsed. Everything was a mess, but out of the shambles a group of believers arose that brought godliness into the city.
The number one hindrance to our praying effectively is that we pray according to how we see with our eyes and know with our minds rather than according to the Spirit.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all… (John 6:63)
What are some other hindrances?
(Continued in Part 7)
P.S. If you are interested, K. P. Yohannan has a great book on prayer that is free today. Check it out here.