Introduction

Introduction

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Don’t even bother praying if you haven’t done this!

Did you know that God doesn’t always listen to your prayers? And that sometimes your praying is a total waste of time?

Here are some scriptural references for confirmation if you’re a little skeptical.

In Jeremiah 7 the Lord is talking with Jeremiah the prophet saying he will not listen to any plea given up on behalf of the Israelites. Why? Because their wickedness was rife at the time and God had had enough of their disobedience and idol worship.

16“So do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them; do not plead with me, for I will not listen to you. -Jeremiah 7:16

Another interesting occurrence that proves that your prayer can sometimes be in vain is found in Job 42:7-9

7 After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. 8So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.” 9So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.

This event not only proves that the Lord does not listen to our plea at times but also shows us the importance of praying for one another.

The three of them knew God. They heard his voice clearly. But God would not have listened to their prayer and would have dealt with them harshly as their deeds deserved if He were not a merciful God. In His mercy He sent them to a servant that He would listen to. One who was righteous in His sight. Hallelujah!!

I hope you now see why you and I need to continually pray for the lost in the world and those meddling with sin in the church. And how grateful we should be that Christ is making petition on our behalf, day and night. [Hebrews 7:25]

Glory be to the living God for His faithfulness!

“But we’re in the new testament now and our righteousness is through Christ”, you say.

Does this mean that God will always listen to our prayers and answer us?

Let me answer this by saying that our God is a God of principle and His nature and character does not change.

“I the LORD do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.” – Malachi 3:6

So even though we have the privilege to go directly before God now, the effectiveness of our petition depends on us. The reason behind this is that there can be things in our lives that will prevent our prayers from being heard and hinder our requests from being answered.

While there are numerous hindrances to prayer, I’d like to talk to you about a specific hindrance that most people are either ignorant of or neglect to address in their lives.

This particular hindrance is a disease that is causing havoc in the lives of the children of God today and I hope to shed some light on it with revelation from the Spirit of God so that you address it, if need be, and grow to reach your full potential in Christ.

This sneaky culprit when left unchecked –

  • Will become a snare to you and stifle your growth in the Lord;
  • Will lead you to bitterness which is cancerous to your soul and hazardous to your health;
  • Will prevent God from hearing your prayers;
  • Will dull out the voice of the Spirit of God in your life thus preventing you from knowing the will of God;
  • Will cause all your offerings to be in vain;
  • And will prevent you from receiving the blessings that God has in store for you.

Now, wouldn’t you want to know the culprit that’s causing this much damage in your life and your walk with the Lord? Don’t you want to just hit him (if it were male) on the head with a spade or kick him in the nuts to render him totally useless? I know I would.

The good news is, you are about to learn who the culprit is and find out about the root cause and consequences associated with not apprehending him. You will also learn why you need to deal with it and how to weed it out completely from your life so that you receive your healing and be set free once and for all.

Who’s the culprit you ask?

Well, you’ll find out in the next chapter.

And trust me when I say the picture will become clearer as we go.

So stay tuned!