Sin, A Hindrance to Answered Prayer – Have you ever found that the prayers you have before God have gone unanswered? Have you ever wondered what it could be that is holding back the answer to your petition? After spending some time in fasting in prayer the Lord revealed to me five hindrances to receiving prayers answered, they are the following: sin, fear, self, time and disorder. Today, I’ll be discussing the first point, sin.

God’s word says that without obedience there is no blessing. Disobedience to God’s word is sin. We may be faithful in tithing and church attendance, but if we are not walking according to God’s word, we are in disobedience and sin.

We may want to become angry with God for not answering our prayer, but if we are walking in disobedience to God then we are hindering ourselves from receiving a blessing.

Sin seems to develop in stages: A) Thoughts, B) Words, and C) Action. The Scriptures state, “as a man THINKS in his heart, so is he.” If the thoughts of your heart are angry, lustful, jealous, and the like, then it is an indication of whom we are, even if it is not whom we want or claim to be. (cf. II Co 10:3-5)

As Christians, we must strive to keep our thoughts pure and in line with the word of God. Philippians 4:8 challenges the Believer, “Whatsoever things are holy, … pure, … and of good report …think [meditate] on these things.”

If we keep our thoughts on the Lord, we will be much more effective in keeping our thoughts pure. And since our objective as Christians is to be more like Jesus, we must meditate (keep our thoughts) on the Lord so we can become more like Him. And if we walk in obedience we will be at a place to receive the blessing we have petitioned God.

The Bible state, “the power of life and death is in the tongue” and we will eat the fruit of those words. For example, if we are asking God for a financial blessing, but on our “non-prayer” time we keep speaking doubtful or negative words, we will eat the “fruit” of our doubt and miss the blessing of our prayers.

Action speaks to what we live and walk out in our day-to-day lives. There are believers who have the misconception that because we “talk the talk,” behind close door we are not obligated to “walk the walk.” Yet, in Galatians 6:7-8 it states plainly, “God is not mocked…he that soweth to the flesh…will reap destruction.” We cannot look to blame others for our lack of blessings.

In essence, if we live life as if God is not omnipresent [present in all places] and omniscient [all knowing], than we deceive ourselves. Our Christianity is not only about words, but it’s about actions. As it says in the book of James, “Faith without works [actions] is dead.”

If we desire the blessing of the Lord, we must walk in line with His word. If we walk in obedience we will be in the place to receive God’s blessing. | by Carlos Garcia, CBN


  • rhoanne

    my thoughts were provoked…those non prayer moments i would say…yes it’s true…it happens all the time…

  • luz gacula

    I am so touch of the words of wisdom. Yes I know that I prayed a lot morning. noon and night but some of my prayers is sometimes selfishness, This i s what I want to remove it in myself and I love Jesus but there are many obstacles, garbage inmy heart because my heart is full of hatred, envy, jealous and evrtyhing against God. Now I understand why some of my prayers are not answered because of this grudges in my heart.. Lord forgive me. I love you Lord I am humbly asking for your forgiveness and guidance to follow your path..

  • Philip Marfil

    This is a big help for my personal walk with Christ.

    I would attribute my great sufferings in life past and present is all about my past sins and the sins of my so called “generation”. I accepted Christ thru your program way back l990’s, but since I failed to follow. I tried and tried but not so hard to change and true enough evil triumphed for several years and really destroyed my marriage and family including the demise of my mother and a mentally hampered sister, a product of a battered marriage and other sisters & a brother who are facing the same marital & health problems. And now the devil is claiming to unleash another devastating blow to my eldest daughter who is socially indulged and is learning to tell lies and keep relationships at her young age.

    Presently, I came to fully submit my whole being to Christ again and even want to become a worker to win souls but I am again facing another battle in life. I know these are all trials and I am confident that Jesus will heal my wounds and liberate me from my current predicament.

    With all the factors you mentioned that hinders everything will from now on be my guide. I want to become a warrior to myself and to my generation to uplift the curse (i do so believe) and to testify the greatness of Christ to everyone.

    Please pray for my battles in life so that I could still live long enough to see my generations embracing the love of Jesus Christ and to all who are still in the dark.

  • lorna diano

    thank you CBN for this message..i’m enlightened 🙂

  • madelyn dela cruz

    i asked for prayers that my marriage and my family
    will be healed and be blessed.

    • Madelyn, may the healing grace of the Lord abound in your family relationships. We can count on the Lord to bind and mend all things together in His purpose and perfect plan for your household. Take heart, the Lord is with you!

  • Please pray for me that i may overcome this financial crisis i am going through..and also for mu husband that he may overcome his addiction on online gaming..thank you and God Bless!!!

    • Ghie, there is victory for those whose hope is in the Lord. Breakthrough is on the way as you fix your eyes on Him and as you hold on to His hands. Be comforted that these are the same hands that hold the provisions that you need as well as the life & heart of your husband. God bless you!

  • meriel bagaman


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