Answered Prayer message series

 

ANSWERED PRAYER: HOW TO GET WHAT YOU PRAY FOR

Part 2 – Removing the Barriers That Hinder Our Prayers

June 11, 2023
Tim Homa, Campus Pastor – Richmond|Rosenberg

 

1. TO CLEAR THE WAY TO ANSWERED PRAYERS WE MUST DEAL WITH THE UNCONFESSED SIN IN OUR LIVES.

  • Isaiah 59: 1-2 Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His ear to dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.
  • Matthew 5:23-24 Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
  • Psalm 66:18 If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
  • Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: Try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
  • 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

2. TO GET WHAT I PRAY FOR REQUIRES PURE MOTIVES

  • John 14:13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.
  • John 17:4,6 I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave me to do. I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.
  • John 8:50 I am not seeking glory seeking for myself…
  • James 4:3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
  • Proverbs 21:2 Every man’s way is right in his own eyes. But the Lord weighs the heart.

3. TO CLEAR THE WAY TO ANSWERED PRAYERS WE MUST BE RIGHT IN OUR RELATIONSHIPS.

  • 1 Peter 3:7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
  • R. A. TorreyHow To Pray, “In many a case, the prayers of husbands are hindered because of their failures. On the other hand, it is also doubtless true that the prayers of wives are hindered because of their failure of duty toward their husband. If husbands and wives would diligently seek to find the cause of their unanswered prayers, they would often find it in their relations with one another.”
  • Matthew 6:14-15 If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

 

  • Mark 11:25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.