A key to Effective Prayer: Forgive
198: Fast Day 23
22 And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God.
23 Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted to him.
24 Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted to you.
25 Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.”
Today marks the 23rd day of our 40 Day Fast. I want to share with you the third thing Jesus tells us will make our prayers more effective. This is found in Mark 11:22-25. It all starts with beleiving God can do anything. Next, we are to pray believing it has happened. Today we look at the importance of owning a spirit of forgiveness.
Praying means we are talking and listening to God. The listening part is vital in order to foster a genuine relationship with the Father. Be still before the Lord and He will reveal to you the people who have wronged you and those whom you have animosity towards. God reveals so that we may forgive. Regardless of what was said and done we must forgive.
Jesus says something that may strike a nerve…we forgive, so that God will forgive us. If God can forgive the depths of our sins, we can forgive others.
Forgiveness does not justify nor mask the repercussion of sin. Forgiveness means we are set free. Whatever was done no longer has power over us. We vanquish the evil by loving and forgiving. We are not going to let what was done define us or dictate how we live. When we choose to love all (even our enemies) forgiveness ensues and our prayers become effective. If we fast and pray correctly, by the end of our 40 Day Fast we will have mastered the act of forgiving. We will be free from the past. We will be renewed before God.
My Abba, Father,
I want to be a person who forgives. I know You have forgiven me. I love how You remove all of my transgressions. I want to have this same grace towards others. I desire to love whole-heartedly. May the love I have received from You be given and exemplified in all that I say and do.