What the Bible says about Hindrances to Prayer

Isaiah 59: 1-3; Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies; your tongue mutters wickedness.

- (Evil deeds, sin, iniquity, falsehood, deceitfulness)

John 9:31; We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.

- (Sinfulness)

Matthew 6: 14-15; For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

- (Unforgiving mind)

1 Peter 3: 7; Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

- (A disrespectful attitude toward one's neighbor)

James 1: 6-7 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

- (Doubting)

James 4:3; You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

- (Wrong motives)

Psa 66:18; If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

- (Iniquity)

... Psa 66:19 -20; But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!