HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER (6)

DECEMBER 8

Without faith it is impossible to please God. HEBREWS 11:6 NIV

Faith longs to be believed! The Bible says: “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he … rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Faith is a powerful spiritual force. It’s the thing God responds to.

But we must expect our faith to be challenged. Satan will cloud our mind with doubts and fears. When he does, we need to examine our heart and see what it says. We can believe God’s Word in our heart, even when our mind questions it. So we need to stand on what’s in our heart, not on what’s in our head.

We must not believe our doubts; we must challenge our doubts and believe God!

Sometimes doubt begins with distraction. When we’re distracted from God’s promises, we start to doubt. As we think more and more about our problems, our faith begins to waver.

We must focus like a laser on God’s promises, His power and His willingness to work on our behalf-and merely glance at our problems. We don’t deny their existence, but we refuse to pay too much attention to them. James writes: “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he wbo 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” (Jas 1:6-8 NKJV).

We must be anchored to what God says, and not drift all over the place when our circumstances begin to change.

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A lion comes across two men, one reading and the other writing.

The beast pounces on and devours the reader but ignores the writer.​

Why?

Because, as everyone knows, a writer cramps while a reader digests. …

 

 



HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER (5)

DECEMBER 7

You do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives. JAMES 4:3 NIV

The fifth hindrance to answered prayer is-wrong motives!

At a birthday party, it came time to serve the cake. A little boy named Brian blurted out, “I want the biggest piece!” His
mother scolded him: “Brian, it’s not right to ask for the biggest piece.” The little guy looked at her in confusion and said, “Well then, how do I get it?” If you have the wrong motives, your prayers won’t be answered. A motive is the why behind the what. In prayer, the reason we pray is much more important than the words we say. Having a pure heart that loves God and loves people, is always an acceptable motive to the Lord. Selfishness is unacceptable; revenge is unacceptable; manipulation and control are unacceptable; jealousy is unacceptable; pride is unacceptable. In fact, anything that is selfish is an unacceptable motive. A.W. Tozer writes: “The labor of self-love is a heavy one indeed. Think for yourself whether much of your sorrow has not arisen from someone speaking ill of you. As long as you set yourself up as a little god to whom you must be loyal, there will always be those who will delight in insulting your idol.
How then can you hope to have inward peace? The heart’s fierce effort to protect itself from every slight, will never let the mind rest.” To pray effectively we must purify our hearts on a regular basis, especially when we find ourselves wanting “the biggest piece.” We need to examine our motives. Taking a look at them will be painful, but it must be done if we desire to see ourprayers answered.

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Dentist: I have to pull the aching tooth, but don’t worry it will take just five minutes.

Patient: And how much will it cost?

Dentist: It’s $150.

Patient: What?! $150 for just a few minutes work?​

Dentist: I can extract it very slowly, if you like.

 



HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER (4)

DECEMBER 4

If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 NKJV

The fourth hindrance to answered prayer is-praying outside of God’s will. The Bible says: “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us and … we know … that we have the petitions that we ha ve asked of Him.” One of the best ways to make sure we are praying according to God’s will, is to pray according to His Word. Use a verse, a passage or a principle from Scripture to back up what you’re praying, for God says, “I am ready to perform My word” (.Jer 1:12 NKJV).

Sometimes there are things we want to pray for, but we aren’t sure whether those things are God’s will for us according to Scripture. In this case we simply need to ask God to give it, if it’s His will to do so-and to help us to be satisfied with His decision. St. Augustine said, “0, Lord, grant that I may do thy will as if it were mine; so that thou mayest do my will as if it were thine.” D.L. Moody said, “Spread out your petition before God, and then say, ‘Thy will, not mine, be done.’ The sweetest lesson 1 have learned in God’s school, is to let the Lord choose for me.”

When we pray in harmony with God, we will have what we ask for. We may have to wait, because God’s timing is part of His will, but it will come. We can say, “1 may not see it yet, but God has promised it to me, so it’s on the way.” And if God doesn’t give us what we ask for, He will give us something better, if we walk in faith and keep a good attitude.

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Have you ever wondered? . . .

Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?

Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?



HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER (3)

DECEMBER 3

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. PSALM 66:18

The third hindrance to answered prayer is-sin! Lillian Pearsall says: “When I was a telephone operator, a customer talked overtime on a long-distance call from a pay phone. Even with my friendly reminders, he refused to deposit his overtime coins. Instead he slammed down the phone, irate and verbally abusive. A few seconds later he was back on the line- somewhat calmer. ‘Operator, please let me out of the phone booth-I’ll pay, just let me out!’ Apparently he had locked himself in and mistakenly thought that I had control over the phone booth’s doors. He gladly paid the overtime charge, and with my advice, gave the door a hefty kick and set himself free.”

Unconfessed sin locks us in and shuts God out. If we have hidden sin in our hearts, we cannot pray with confidence that God will answer. However, if we ask Him to reveal our sin, He will. When He does, we must deal with it if we want to keep the lines of communication open. If God reminds us of a situation in which we didn’t do the right thing, we can’t just sweep it under the rug; we have to acknowledge it and receive His forgiveness .

What we call “little things,” grow into sinful habits and lifelong patterns. So when God reveals our sin we need to repent and stop what we are doing. We need to take Him seriously- immediately! This means doing everything within our power to make sure our relationship with Him is unobstructed. That way

our prayers will be heard and answered.

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Have you ever wondered? . . .

Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

Why don’t you ever see the Headline “Psychic Wins Lottery'”?

Why is . . .”abbreviated” such a long word?

Why is it that . . .

Doctors call what they do “practice”?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dish-washing liquid made with real lemons?



HINDANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER (2)

DECEMBER 2

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence.

HEBREWS 4:16 NIV

The second hindrance to answered prayer is-lack of confidence! When we understand that as God’s redeemed children we have the right to approach Him at any time, we are able to overcome the enemy’s attempts to make us feel condemned. As a result we become confident in approaching Him.

We no longer say to ourselves, “I know God can do it, but I find it hard to believe He will do it for me.” We think such thoughts because we don’t think we’re worthy. Jesus has made us worthy! When we come to God, we can count on Him to be merciful to us. “Let us then approach the throne of grace with

confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help llS in our time of need.” Grace means God will give us what we don’t deserve-if we’re confident enough to ask for it. We ask in Jesus’ name, not in our own name. We’re presenting to the Father all that Jesus is, not all that we are. We’re nothing without Jesus! God is willing to do more than we could ask or think (See Eph 3:20). So we need to exercise faith, and avail ourselves of all He can do by asking confidently.

Helen Poole writes: “My four-year-old daughter would always pray before she went to sleep. One night she prayed and prayed-her voice getting softer, until only her lips were moving. Then she said, ‘Amen.’ I said, ‘Honey, I didn’t hear a word you said.’ She replied, ‘Momma, I wasn’t talking to you:” when you understand that you have the right to talk to God, and that He listens to every word, you pray with confidence.

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Unanswered questions in everyday living . . .

Why do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

 

Only in America . . .

Do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.

 

Only in the United States . . .

Do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.

 

Only in our neighborhoods . . .

Do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

 

Only in our cities and towns . . .

Do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.

 

Only in country . . .

Do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.



HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER (1)

HINDRANCES TO ANSWERED PRAYER (1)

DECEMBER 1

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer. PSALM 91:15 NKJV

When a nightclub opened on Main Street, a church which was only a few blocks away organized a twenty-four-hour prayer vigil. They asked God to burn the club down. Within a week lightning struck and it burned to the ground. The owner sued the church, which denied responsibility. After hearing

arguments from both sides the judge said, “It seems that wherever the guilt may lie, the nightclub owner believes in prayer, while the church doesn’t.”

The first hindrance to answered prayer is-+prayerlessness. Sounds simple, but our prayers are not answered when we don’t pray. Saying we believe in prayer is not the same as praying. James writes: “You do not have because you do not ask” (Jas 4:3 NKJV). We must take the time to ask God for what we

want and need. Sometimes we process situations in our minds, or talk about them with our friends, or wish, or hope, but we don’t pray. Thinking, wishing, hoping, and talking with others is not prayer; only prayer is prayer! When we have a need or a situation that concerns us, we’re only praying when we talk to God about it.

God is waiting for us to make requests of Him in prayer. He never gets tired of us coming to Him! He is able, willing, and ready to act on our behalf, but only if we pray. Jesus said: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will he opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Mt 7:7-8 NKJV)

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Unanswered questions in everyday living . . .

Why do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Only in America . . .

Do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.

Only in the United States . . .

Do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.



ARE YOU TEACHABLE?

NOVEMBER 30

A wise man listens to advice. PROVERBS 12:15 NIV

Every thing we know we learned from someone else, including the stuff we claim credit for! It may be new to us, but it’s not new.

The Governor of North Carolina once complimented Thomas Edison on his creative genius. “I am not a great inventor,” countered Edison. “But you have over a thousand patents to your credit,” the Governor stated. “Yes, but about the only invention I can claim is absolutely original, is the phonograph,” Edison replied. “I’m afraid I don’t understand,” the Governor remarked. “Well,” explained Edison, “I’m an awfully good sponge. I absorb ideas wherever I can and put them to practical use. Then I improve them until they become of some value. My ideas are mostly the ideas of other people who didn’t develop them themselves.” Edison was a lifelong learner. He stayed open, hungry for knowledge, and teachable. And to succeed, you must too. To know whether you’re teachable, ask yourself:

(1) Am I open to other people’s thoughts and ideas? (2) Do I listen more than I talk? (3) Am I willing to change my opinion based on new information? (4) Do I readily admit when I am wrong? (5) Do I think and observe before acting on a situation? (6) Do I ask questions? (7) Am I willing to ask a question that

will expose my ignorance? (8) Am I open to doing things in a way I haven’t done them before? (9) Am I willing to ask for directions? (10) Do I act defensively when criticized, or do I listen openly for the truth? The Bible says: “The way of n fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.”

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John is out with his friends and stops by his grandmother’s house for a visit. There’s a bowl of peanuts on the coffee table, and John and his friends start snacking on them.

When they’re ready to leave, his friends say, “Nice to meet you, ma’am, and thank you for the peanuts”

​Grandma says, “You’re welcome. Ever since I lost my dentures, all I can do is suck the chocolate off of them.”



BE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR BLESSINGS

I went away full, but the Lord has brought me bad! empty. RUTH 1 :21 NIV

When it comes to valuable life-lessons, the book of Ruth tops the best-seller list. (Have you read it yet?) For the next few days let’s look at some of them.

When famine came to Bethlehem, Naomi, her husband and two sons moved to Moab where the economy was thriving. What they hoped would be a short stay turned into ten years. Their sons married two local girls, Ruth and Orpah. Then the unthinkable happened. Naomi’s husband and sons died. As a

result of her loss she became bitter, When she heard that times were good in Bethlehem she decided to go back home. After she arrived she said, “I went out full, and the Lord has brought me horne again empty” (NKJV). What did she mean? She was saying that despite the famine at h0111e in Bethlehem, at least there she had her husband and sons, whereas in Moab, “the land of plenty,” she’d lost them.

You never miss the water till the well runs dry! The truth is, you can be blessed and not know it. Only as you look back do you realize that what you have, is much more important than all the things you don’t have. When Naomi lost what she loved most, even a famine seemed insignificant by comparison.

Have you been saying, “I’ll be happy when … “? No, happiness doesn’t come from getting what you want, it comes from appreciating what God’s given you. Instead of whining and complaining about your lot in life, stop and ask yourself, “What would I take in exchange for what I have?” If you don’t know the answer; begin counting your blessings and thanking God for them,

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Thanksgiving Parrot

A man always wanted a parrot since he was a boy, his family knowing this decided to surprise him on thanksgiving day. Now the parrot wasn’t raised in a Christian environment and it was mocking, insulting, and threatening the man. That thanksgiving day he got the man, so angry that he put the parrot in the freezer. After 3 minutes he let the parrot out. the parrot says “I take it by your attitude and behavior I somehow offended you.” The man says “You did.!” Then the parrot say “Can i asks you one more question?” The man says “Sure. what is it?” The parrot asked “What did the turkey do?”



CULTIVATE A GRATEFUL HEART

NOVEMBER 26

I will bless the Lord at all times. PSALM 34:1

David said: “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” A thankful heart should be a way of life for us. But did you know that it can save your life? When Jonah disobeyed God and ended up inside the whale, he told the Lord, “I will sacrifice to You with … thanksgiving”

(John 2:9 NKJV). When he did, God made the fish spit him up on dry land. When you’re in the pits and all hell is breaking loose around you, that’s when you need to raise your voice in praise. Nothing demonstrates trust, like thanking God when you’re in the throes of crisis. A thankful heart does two things:

(a) It builds your faith. The reason “we [can] walk by faith land] not by sight” (2eo 5:7 NAS), is because we know that regardless of the circumstances, God’s working on our behalf (See Ro 8:28). David said, “Magnify the Lord withme”(Ps 34:3). To magnify something is to enlarge it. When you focus on God

instead of the problem, God becomes bigger and the problem becomes smaller. Plus, “Faith cometh by hearing … the word of God” (Ro 10:17). Hearing God’s promises coming from your own lips, causes faith to rise in your heart. So start talking!

(b) It restores life. Before raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father … thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me” (J n 11 :41-42 NKJV). Something wonderful happens when you start thanking God for saving, protecting and providing for

you. Yom faith soars. You gain the confidence to command those things in your life that you thought were dead, to live again. So, cultivate a thankful heart!

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At this time of Thanksgiving we pause to count our blessings. The freedom of this great country in which we live. It’s opportunity for achievement. The friendship and confidence you have shown in us. For all of these things we are deeply thankful. Our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.

Psalm 9:1  I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.

Psalm 107:1  Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Psalm 100:4  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.



BE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR JOB

NOVEMBER 25

In every thing give thanks. 1 THESSALONIANS 5;18

It’s too easy to complain about your present position, whether it be as a nightshift cashier in a supermarket or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, without appreciating how you got there. Where would we be without mothers taking in laundry so that their children could take piano lessons, or fathers working second jobs so that their children could attend college? Before you go any further, stop and give thanks for the contributions others have made in your life.

You say, “But things are not going too well for me right now.” Perhaps, but when Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers he couldn’t possibly conceive that God would turn their evil intentions inside out and establish him as a leader to save the nation. The Bible records story after story where adversity leads to advancement and loss leads to gain. There’s a master plan unfolding in your life. Be wise, take the lessons you’ve learned into the future God has in mind for you. When evil comes, be comforted in knowing that God is in control. The Devil may be stoking the fire you’re in, but rest assured that God has His hand on the thermostat!

The story of Job teaches us that the Devil has to be given permission to attack us. So if God is allowing the attack, surely He’s planning our victory. He wouldn’t allow us to be in a battle we couldn’t win! God looks for hand-picked people He can send into difficult environments, that He might be glorified. He makes all things “work together for good” (Ro 8:28) so don’t be intimidated . .I ust keep your eyes open and see what God is up to!

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Why do turkeys always go, “gobble, gobble”? Because they never learned good table manners!

What sound does a space turkey make? Hubble, Hubble, Hubble!

When does your brother bring his new girlfriend to dinner? Skanksgiving.

What key has legs and can’t open doors? A Turkey.

Why did the turkey cross the road? It was the chicken’s day off!




 

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