AND WHENEVER YOU STAND PRAYING, FORGIVE!
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
How many times have you read or heard this verse? All you have to do is ask and believe and it will be given to you? Is that all there is to getting your prayers answered? Can answers to prayers be hindered? They can… and unforgiveness can play a major role in holding back the hand of God. The verses that follow this verse in Mark 11:24 explains.
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. AND WHENEVER YOU STAND PRAYING, FORGIVE, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Have you ever prayed for something only to find God does not answer or He seems silent and far away? You continue to pray but to no avail? Over time you feel angry and frustrated at God? This could be God saying “Hey…we have to deal with some unfogiveness first”.
When we pray and ask God for anything, we are told to “Stand and Forgive”. As we forgive “then” God will forgive use. That last statement is huge. If we do not forgive… God will not forgive us. Sit on that for a moment. God will not forgive us…ouch.
This is not a salvation issue. Does not mean you will not be forgiven and receive eternal life. It means when you ask for forgiveness for something you have done or make prayer requests from God your prayers could be hindered.
As you judge so shall you be judged (Matthew 7:2) and as you show mercy (James 2:13)…so shall you be shown mercy. It is talking about the law of sowing and reaping.
“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” Galatians 6:7
Unforgiveness can hender our prayers from being answered. God wants your heart first….then He will pour out His blessings!
Oh God let there be no offensive way in us…that we may know you and be pleasing in your site!
“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any “hurt” in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”
By Chris Knight