Prayer #2

Dr. Steve Viars January 4, 1992

-we're studying our fourth topic in this series on Basic
    Truths for every believer --talking about God's Provision
    Through Prayer

- last week we studied reasons why a believer should pray
- if you've been a Christian for any length of time,
  you've probably heard many if not all the reasons we
- however - a very important point was - the real test of
  whether we've learned something is rather it has changed
  our lives

- today we're going to study some:

II. Hindrances To Prayer

  INPUT - What hindrances to prayer can you think of? (I
     won't take time to comment specifically on them - I've
     selected several to specifically study in a minute)

    A. "I don't take the time."

        INPUT - what does I Thes. 5:17 say about this? - READ
           - God wants us to be in a constant, prayerful
             attitude so that at any time we would be able to
             speak to Him in close fellowship.

        - We've been talking the last couple weeks about
            Bible study, and many of you have asked for some
            information on how to order the
            books/commentaries that have been suggested

        - I'm assuming from that that there are some folks
          who are going to seek to make Bible study more of
          an emphasis/priority this year.

        - one good study to do would be to look at all the
          occurrences of the phrase "mine hour" in the gospels

        - one thing you find there is that while Jesus was
          obviously very busy, He was never too busy to pray

        - that's an amazing thought when you think about it
           - never has anyone had a more important job
           - never has anyone had a better excuse to be "too
             busy" to pray
           - never has anyone had cause to get caught up in
             sideline issues that resulted in a less effective
              prayer life

         - but over and over you see the Lord focused on His
           hour, and God's desire for His life


         - He was "goal-oriented"
             - as a result, there were many things He didn't
               get involved in because they didn't fit into
               His Father's goals
             - there were other things He did tirelessly
               because they did fit into His goals

- now we're not talking about spending three hours a morning
  in prayer
- Pastor spoke about this during Stewardship month - we're
   not going to drag out some old illustration about the guy
   that began his day with 4 hours of prayer and all the rest
- but the other side of that is - our Lord wants us to spend
    regular, organized, uninterrupted time praying to Him

   - Question we have to ask - Is the time I spend in prayer
       pleasing to the Lord?

- one other thing I'd like us to notice about this point -
     INPUT - what do you see about the way we've "worded" the
             point?  (made it personal - focused on our

    B. I lack a clear conscience

        - Psalm 66:18 - "If I regard iniquity in my heart,
              the Lord will not hear me"

        - I Peter 3:7 - (learner)...that your prayers be not

        - Heb. 10:22 - (READ)

        - point is – un-confessed sin will hinder our prayer
            - next week we'll study a model prayer where
              Jesus taught His disciples to pray. One of the
              things we'll learn in that passage is that
              confession is part of the prayer process.

            - Matt. 5:23-26 shows just how important (READ)

    C. I ask amiss

        James 4:3 - INPUT - how does this verse explain the
            phrase "asking amiss?"

        Phil. 4:19 - what does God promise to supply in that

        cf. Matt. 26:39, 42

    D. I pray in the wrong name

        John 14:13 - What is required when we pray?

        John 16:24 - What does God desire for us as we pray?


    E. I do not believe God

        Matt. 7:7-8

        I Peter 3:12

        James 1:6-7

- break into groups (by team) (assign out anyone not on a

- distribute index cards (6 per family)
   - have team leaders lead  - write names of each person on
       team on an index card
   - names of children
   - any special requests

   - goal - to obey the verses we've been studying by praying
       specifically for folks on our teams

   - take other requests we need to be praying for as a class
       - evangelism
       - friendliness
       - reaching out to others
       - growing
       - serving
       - stronger marriages
       - parenting

- if time, have team leader lead group in prayer, or go
   "around the circle - praying for the person at the right)

Dr. Steve Viars


Senior Pastor - Faith Church

Director - Faith Legacy Foundation


B.S.: Pre-Seminary & Bible, Baptist Bible College (Now Clarks Summit University)
M.Div.: Grace Theological Seminary
D.Min.: Biblical Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary

Dr. Steve Viars has served at Faith Church in Lafayette, IN since 1987. Pastor Viars leads and equips Faith Church as Senior Pastor with a focus on preaching and teaching God’s Word and using his organizational skills in guiding the implementation of the Faith Church mission and vision. He oversees the staff, deacons, and all Faith Church ministries. Dr. Viars serves on the boards of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Vision of Hope, and the Faith Community Development Corporation. Steve is the author, co-author, or contributor to six books and numerous booklets. He and his wife, Kris, were married in 1982 and have two married daughters, a son, and three grandchildren.

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