[[Mar 11:25]] KJV 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.
Prayer is one thing that does not fail. Our confidence in God during prayer makes God hear us and grants us our desire when we ask anything according to His will *(1Jn 5:14). But there are things that hinder answers to our prayer. One of such is unforgiveness.
In our opening text, Jesus reminds us to forgive when we stand to pray. When we let go the things others have done against us, God lets go what we have done against Him. Jesus said it like this: “…if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses” *(Mar 11:26).
No man at any point in time can stand before a Holy God and be without sin. We have no power in ourselves to be holy before God. Isaiah 59:1, 2 says, “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.” When we forgive others their sins against us, God also forgive us what we’ve done against Him. This removes everything from the way and enables us to receive answers to our prayer without any hindrance.
This is why forgiveness is key. When we choose not to forgive, we impede ourselves from advancing with God and receiving answers to our prayers. Many times, the problem with believers is not prayer. Since we are in God’s will, God hears our prayer. Notwithstanding, unforgiveness deny us answers to prayer. So learn to forgive. Let go, and let God show Himself strong in you. I see answers coming to you. Only believe!
Father I thank you for your word today. I receive it with meekness. And I make a quality decision to forgive those who hurt me and wrong me in many ways. I live from love and refuse to keep record of wrong. Thank you dear Lord in Jesus’ name.