• Pastor Cecile Jackson

Hindrances to Prayer

Prayer is the foundation to the success of Christian leaders and laymen. However, many do not know how to pray effectively, even though it is important for every area of our lives. Every Christian pastor’s job is be sure that their followers know how to pray.

God desires to answer every prayer, but we must pray accordingly to his will. If for some reason our prayers are unanswered, it is usually due to hindrances we have allowed to overcome us. To fix the problem of hindrances to our prayers, we have to be sure our hearts are perfect toward God. 2 Chronicles 16:9a says, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.”

Once you are aware of hindrances to your prayers and avoid them, you can experience the absolute joy of answered prayer. “To receive you have to believe. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matthew 21:22). However, three hindrances that are very common to answered prayer are doubt, unbelief, and lack of knowledge.


Doubt is “a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction.” Doubt is the thief of God’s greater blessings for you in your life. Doubt puts you in a state of separation from Jesus. Doubt come from ignorance of God’s word. God has given us the Word to keep our mind renewed. When you are knowledgeable about God’s will through His Word, it sends all the doubt away.


Unbelief is “lack of religious belief; an absence of faith.” The man with unbelief knows what the Bible says and chooses to believe his flesh instead of the Word of God. He won’t respond to the Word of God which hinders Jesus’ power in His life. He must come to realize and accept the fact that God’s Word is the final authority in every matter.

Lack of Knowledge

Another hindrance to prayer that’s common is the lack of knowledge of our rights. Many Christians do not know that Jesus became our sin so that we could be the righteousness of God. Since we are in right standing with God, we have the right to approach God in prayer without a sense of guilt, sin, or condemnation. Then God will answer our prayers as we pray. This shows that nothing, no one, or any sin that Satan conjures up is bigger than God.

Also, many Christians do not know to pray in the name of Jesus. This exists in many Christian circles. John 16:23-24 explains, “ And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” When you realize your right to call on the name of Jesus, you will see God’s power working on your behalf.


Prayer is one of the most important practices Christians must do to live victorious lives. However, doubt, unbelief, and lack of knowledge will hinder one’s prayer. Get rid of these three hinderances, pray in the name of Jesus, and experience the joy of answered prayer.

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