Hindrances to Prayer - Disunity

Hinderances to Prayer

Disunity (August 2013 - Week 2)

(1). James 4:1-3 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

(2). 1 Corinthians 1:10-11 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe's household have informed me that there are quarrels among you.

(3). John 17:22-23 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one-- 23 I in them and you in me--so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

(4). “Often we want people to pray for us and help us, but we always defeat our object when we look too much to them and lean upon them. The true secret of union is for both to look upon God, and in the act of looking past themselves to Him they are unconsciously united.” [A.B. Simpson, Christ is the Head]

(5). Prayer thought: Our pride always offends others resulting in disunity. The result is the tarnishing of Godly relationships leading to quarrels which distances us from God. As Christ is unified with the Father, so must every Believer be unified so that we may draw close in prayer to our Heavenly Father.