Hindrances to Prayer
Powerful Prayer – Part 3
Life Church – August 15, 2010
Pastor Dan Walker
Psalms 66:18 (NIV) If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;
Psalms 66:18 (NLT) If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
1. Don't let sin ____________ your life
Proverbs 13:6 (CEV) Live right, and you are safe! But sin will destroy you.
A. One sin leads to _________________
2 Samuel 11:14-15 (NLT) So the next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and gave it to Uriah to deliver. The letter instructed Joab, “Station Uriah on the front lines where the battle is fiercest. Then pull back so that he will be killed.”
Psalms 32:3-4 (NLT) When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
B. Sin _______________________ prayer
2 Samuel 12:15-16 (NIV) After Nathan had gone home, the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife had borne to David, and he became ill. David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and went into his house and spent the nights lying on the ground.
Proverbs 28:9 (NLT) God detests the prayers of a person who ignores the law.
2. _____________ to find restoration
A. ___________ your sin to God
Psalms 32:5 (NIV) Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"-- and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
B. _________________ from your sin
Psalms 51:10-11 (NIV) Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Galatians 6:7 (NIV) Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
3. __________ to release God's blessing
James 5:16b (NIV) The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
A. Obey to release God's _______________
John 14:21 (NIV) Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.
B. Obey to release prayer's ______________
1 John 3:21-22 (NIV) Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.