Our Sunday School teacher is a wonderful servant of God. He is in his 80's and has served the Lord with his life. He is a retired pastor and is still sharp as a tack!!
His lesson yesterday was on prayer. Specifically, it was on the sin that can hinder our prayers. It was exactly what I needed to hear. I thought I'd share some of the notes I took.
Sins that can hinder our prayer life:
1. Omission- not doing something we know we should be for the Lord. I need to reach out to my neighborhood.
2. Commission- doing something we know is against God's commands.
3. Disposition- our attitudes matter to God. Mine has needed an adjustment this weekend!
"If I am filled with the Spirit I will be joyful, thankful, and have a submissive attitude." CP (my teacher) This hit home.
4. Harboring any sin- when we hang on to anything the Holy Spirit has convicted us about.
I have had many of these over the years. I recently gave up a blog that I loved to read. It was a christian lady, which is what I usually read, however, she likes to be on the edge with her Christianity. It just got to the point that the Holy Spirit was pricking at my heart. I was dealing with a temptation, something I know is not right for me, as a result of reading her talking about it so often. So I deleted her blog off my bookmarks. I have wanted to go back and just see what she's up to. This is such a little example of how Satan can be so crafty.
5. Unbelief- the lack of faith that He will answer.
6. Disunity in our home
Okay, everyday I could go over this list and it be may be a different thing that I would need to repent of. Yesterday, it was harboring a sin. I have had a stronghold in my life for a long time now. I get convicted of it and try to let it go, but then, I grab back on to it again. What I realized yesterday is that I really didn't think God was big enough to help me quit for good. This sounds so stupid when I trust Him for the big things in my life. (Provider, Protector, Restorer) So I am going to trust Him for this. I need deliverance to be everything He wants me to be.
II Corinthians 10:3-5
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are NOT CARNAL but MIGHT IN GOD for pulling down strongholds. Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing EVERY thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.