Behaviors That Can Keep Your Prayers From Being Answered

Behaviors That Can Keep Your Prayers From Being Answered

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Your prayers will not be answered if you have:

  1. Unconfessed sin” in your heart. God is Holy and there is a barrier between Him and us when we go to Him with unconfessed sins.
  2. Walking in the flesh is another way to keep our prayers from being responded to. Yes, we receive a new nature when we are born again, but that new nature still lives in our old fleshly body; and this tent is corrupt and sinful.
  3. Selfishness is a third hindrance to answered prayer. We all know what that is – praying for me, me, and me; and no one else.

Walking according to the flesh and selfishness get in the way of our prayers being replied to because they produce a hardness of heart toward others; we become indifferent to the needs of others and God becomes indifferent toward the needs of us.

A major, gigantic, huge obstruction to answered prayer is Un-forgiveness toward others. When we hold on to un-forgiveness, a root of bitterness grows in our hearts and CHOKES our prayers.

How can we expect God to bless us if we harbor hatred and bitterness toward others?

THREE more obstacles I want to leave with you that hamper God reacting to our prayers are Unbelief, Doubt, and Discord. Unbelief and doubt is praying to God and not really believing that He is who He says He is, doubting His character, purpose and promises.

We insult God when we pray to Him in doubt and unbelief!

Discord is conflict in the home or church. When there is discord we cannot genuinely communicate with God because our hearts are not right.

James 3:16 says,  “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” (NIV)

But I’ve got good news for you!

  1. All of the prayer hindrances can be dealt with immediately by going to God in prayers of confession and repentance.
  2. We are assured in 1 John 1:9 that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
  3. Once we have sincerely confessed and repented, we can enjoy a clear and open channel of communication with God.
  4. Our prayers will be heard and answered, and we will be filled with a deep sense of JOY!

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”  1 John 1:9-10  (NIV)

I will conclude my conversation on ‘How to guarantee your prayers will be answered’ next month, September 21, 2017.

Barbara Harvey Carter About Barbara Harvey Carter

Barbara Harvey Carter is a Registered Nurse, speaker, workshop facilitator and Christian counselor. She has a passion for women's issues and writes novels about spiritual warfare in Christian relationships. For more info, please visit her website.


  1. I love how you have outlined this so clearly. I want to print it out and use it as a regular means of evaluation in my walk with the Lord.

  2. Thanks for this thoughtful post. One thing I am trying to do in my prayer time is to spend a lot of time simply listening. Listening to Jesus calling.

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