Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Key to answered prayer

“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” (Mark 11:25)

There is no yoke that seems to be heavier than that of grudge and /or the burden of malice. Unforgiving spirit ties your heart with that of the offender with a chord of malice. There is tension each time the chord is strained by the stroke of bitterness released by remembering the offence. Your heart cannot enjoy true peace except you forgive the offender and forget the offence. When you nurse a grudge, you breed the seed of bitterness and its root will spring up to defile. (Hebrews 12:15).

Unforgiving spirit will give birth to malice, bitterness and wrath if it is allowed to linger long in the heart. Unforgiving spirit hinders prayers and blocks the way to God’s blessings. Jesus said, “for if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses” Matthew 6; 14, 15). Forgiveness is, therefore, a sure way o peace, progress and prosperity. The best compliment you can give your “enemy” is forgiveness. Without it, your life will be surrounded with stress-inviting activities of resentment, revenge, retaliation and retrogression.

Challenge: Forgiveness releases freedom

Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me the grace to forgive and forget when people offend me.

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