_"Is not this the fast that I have chosen to loose the band of the wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity. (Isaiah 58: 6 & 9)_

*Are You The Hindrance To Your Own Prayers?*
God told the Israelites the reason they weren't getting answers to their prayers was because they were engaged in criticism (Isaiah 58: 9 - 10). Have you been guilty of that? It's just as important to glorify God through the words you speak when you're not praying, as when you are. The Bible says there's a direct link between having a critical, careless tongue, and not getting your prayers answered. How you treat others will determine how God treats you (Ephesians 6: 7 - 8).

God lays it squarely on the line: Stop oppressing those who work for you and treat them fairly  share your food with the hungry and  those who are helpless, poor, and destitute  If you do these things, God will shed his own glorious light upon you. He will heal you; your godliness will lead you forward, goodness will be a shield before you, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind. Then, when you call, the Lord will answer  All you need to do is to stop oppressing the weak and stop making false accusations and spreading vicious rumors! Feed the hungry! Help those in trouble! Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and darkness around you shall be as bright as day. And the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy you with all good things, and keep you healthy too. (Isaiah 58: 6 - 11).

That means the answer to your prayer is affected by two things: your comparison and your actions towards others.

Prayer secret #2: Be compassionate and kind towards; how you treat others is how God will treat you.

Job 22: 27
Ephesians 6: 7 - 8
Isaiah 58: 6 - 11.

1. Lord, help me to be kind to others in the name of Jesus.

2. Father, give me heart that treats people like You'd treat them in the name of Jesus.

3. Lord, advertise Your glory in my life in the name of Jesus

I Samuel 2
Isaiah 45: 9 - 25
II Corinthians 5: 11 | 6: 10.