When we stand in prayer, sometimes we remember that we must forgive people so that our prayers are truly effective, but we may forget the second important point about an effective prayer related to forgiveness: asking forgiveness from those whom we have hurt.
From the Bible, we learn that effective prayer has several point:
- Repenting soul
- Pray with attention
- Bless the Lord and give him praise
- Forgiveness from heart
Today we are discussing the Forgiveness.
1. Forgive Others
“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins,” taught our Lord Jesus Christ in Mark 11:25.
Sometimes we remember that we need to forgive people in order for our Heavenly Father to forgive our sins and thus our prayer be effective. I wrote “sometimes” because the life shows that we forget about this teaching of our Lord too often. The deal is very clear: without forgiving others there is not forgiveness for us. And if there is no forgiveness, why do you think your prayer will be effective and why do you think God will grant you the things you ask in your prayer? By the way, see what you should ask in your prayers and why they aren’t always answered.
If forgiving others is difficult and you are not able to do it, at least as a starter do the following. In your heart do not wish anything bad to the person whom you are unable to forgive. At least say: “Lord, it is hard for me to forgive this person at this moment, but I will stop thinking bad of him and will not wish him anything negative. Please forgive him and forgive me. Give me strength to forgive this person out of my heart fully.” At least do this. You can do it. Whoever this person is, he or she is a child of God too and our heavenly Father wants his repentance and salvation too.
2. Ask for Forgiveness
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift,” teaches our Savior in Matthew 5:23-24.
The second point to make your prayer effective, which is related to forgiveness, is the ability to ask for forgiveness. When someone holds something against you, it’s like this person is taking you to the court of God. And this is exactly what Lord Jesus says, by teaching “settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge.” Our God is the judge and being “still together on the way,” is this life, which we do not know when will end for us.
Therefore, we learn that it’s mandatory to ask for forgiveness to anyone who you think may hold something against you in order for your prayer to be effective.
Change Your Prayer Life and Fill It Will Blessings
You can truly make a huge change in your prayer life and fill your heart with the Grace of the Holy Spirit if you keep these two effective prayer points at the forefront of your memory.
- Before You Pray Forgive Everyone Out of Your Heart
- Before You Pray Ask Your Neighbor To Forgive You and Reconcile With Him
These two points are mandatory, to make your prayer life effective, according to the Bible. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.