James 4 v 3-
‘You ask and you do not receive , because you ask with wrong motives, so that you spend it on your pleasures ‘
2. when my prayer is for retaliation or revenge.
Mark 11 v. 25 –
‘And when you stand Praying , if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your father in heaven may forgive your sins and hear your prayer.’
Leviticus 19 v 18 Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbour as yourself. I am the Lord.
3. When my prayer is self centered .
1 Kings 18 v36 & v37 –
Elijah started Praying for fire in V 36 because he concluded it on himself. But in V 37 when he prayed ‘ Answer me O God, answer me that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God and You have turned their heart back again.’ God answered Elijah by Fire . People shouted ‘ The Lord is God, the Lord He is God…’ God answered Elijah when he replaced ‘I’ in V36 with ‘You(God)’ in V37.
4.When I turn away from obeying His commandments
Proverbs 28 v 9
‘ If one turns away his ears from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.’
5. When I have iniquity in my heart.
Psalms 66 v 18 –
Iniquity is different to sin. Iniquity is not an action , but a characteristic which yields to an action. It is premeditated, continuing and escalating.
‘ If I regard iniquity in my heart , my God will not hear.’
6. When I doubt
James 1 v 5-7 –
‘ ..Ask in faith without doubting, if he doubts he is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by wind..For such will not receive any thing from the Lord.’
7. When my family relationship is not right before God
1 Peter 3 v 7 –
‘ dwell with them in understanding giving honor to your wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together with the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered’
8. When I have a closed ear to the poor
Proverbs 21 v13 ‘ He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor, will also cry himself but will not be beard.’
9.When I cannot forgive
Mark 11 v 25-
‘ When. You are standing to pray forgive, if you have anything against anyone , so thT your father in heaven will forgive you and gear your prayer.’
10. When I sin
John 9 v 31 –
Biblical concept of sin is two way conceptualized that is ‘Doing against the divine Law’ and ‘ Not doing instructed in the divine Law’ ‘ God does not hear sinners;…’