Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any.
Few people realize just how closely connected faith and forgiveness are. Jesus taught about that connection in His sermon on mountain-moving faith that's recorded in Mark 11:22-26.
He said, "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive." Jesus backed those two statements together on purpose. He wanted us to know that releasing those who have wronged us is fundamental to receiving from God. He wanted to impress on our hearts the fact that we cannot have our prayers answered and hold grudges in our hearts at the same time.
Unforgiveness clogs the faith channel and keeps you powerless against the mountains in your life!
If you've been praying for something and you just can't seem to get an answer, check your heart for unforgiveness. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring any grudge that's hidden there to light. Unclog the channel of faith and you will soon see things you've been praying for come to pass.
Confession: Father I forgive everyone that has hurt me or wronged me. I cannot afford not to have my prayers answered. I do this because the Word says that I must--and for my own peace of mind. I don't want to hate anyone.
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Pastor Larry Smoot is Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock in Stafford County, Virginia.