Here are two more hindrances to prayer.
A lack of knowledge or understanding of the will of God is a hindrance to prayer.
James 4:3 – “3When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
Many times we pray and don’t receive what we ask for because we are asking what we want, not what God wants. Often we do this in ignorance.
Another hindrance to prayer is pride. Let us look at Luke 18:9-14.
“To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about[himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.14I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Of these two men, the one God heard and gave what he asked for is the one who humbled himself before God. God doesn’t owe us anything, and if we come to Him with this attitude, we shouldn’t expect to receive anything from Him.