1. The first hindrance to prayer we will find in James 4:3, “Ye ask and receive not because ye ask amiss, that ye may spend it in your pleasures.”
A selfish purpose in prayer robs prayer of power.
2. The second hindrance to prayer we find in Is. 59:1, 2: “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.”
Sin hinders prayer.
3. The third hindrance to prayer is found in Ez. 14:3, “Son of man, these men have taken their idols into their heart, and put the stumbling block of their iniquity before their face: should I be inquired of at all by them?”
Idols in the heart cause God to refuse to listen to our prayers.
4. The fourth hindrance to prayer is found in Prov. 21:13, “Who stopped his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.”
Not giving to help the poor.
5. The fifth hindrance to prayer is found in Mark 11:25, “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any; that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
An unforgiving spirit is one of the commonest hindrances to prayer.
6. The sixth hindrance to prayer is found in 1 Peter 3:7, “Ye husbands, in like manner, dwell with your wives according to knowledge, giving honor unto the woman, as unto the weaker vessel as being also joint-heirs of the grace of life; to the end that your prayers be not hindered.”
Here we are plainly told that a wrong relation between husband and wife is a hindrance to prayer.
In many a case the prayers of husbands are hindered because of their failure of duty toward their wives.
7. The seventh hindrance to prayer is found in James 1:5–7, “But if any of you lacketh wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing doubting: for he that doubteth is like the surge of the sea driven by the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord.”
Prayers are hindered by unbelief. 
 Torrey, R. A. (1900). How to pray (90). Chicago; New York [etc.: Fleming H. Revell company.
Published on Sunday, July 27, 2014 @ 4:27 AM CDT