Hindrances to Prayer

1. Living in disobedience to God - Ephesians 6:18; Psalm 66:18

2. Disregarding the clear teaching of Scripture - Proverbs 28:9; John 15:7

3. Failure to pray in faith - First John 5:14-15; Matthew 7:7-11; Philippians 4:6

4. Dependence upon self - James 4:2

5. Wrong motives for asking and disregarding God's will - James 4:3

6. Failure to continue in prayer - Luke 18:1

7. Harboring an unforgiving spirit against another person - Mark 11:25-26

8. Praying to impress others - Matthew 6:5-8

9. Mere religious ritual - Matthew 6:7

10. Domestic issues within a home - First Peter 3:7

During midlife, George McCluskey became extremely burdened for his children and each day spent the hour from 11-12 praying for them.  He prayed not only for them, but also for grandchildren and great grandchildren as yet unborn.  He asked that they would come to know the true God through His Son, and dedicate their lives to His service.  Of the following four generations, every child has either become a pastor or married a pastor, with one exception.  That exception is Dr.James Dobson who was the first founder and president of Focus on the Family, a ministry devoted to promoting godliness within families.