When You Stand Praying
22nd JUNE 2022
And whenever you stand praying, if you find that you carry something in your heart against another person, release him and forgive him so that your Father in heaven will also release you and forgive you of your faults. Mark 11:25 TPT
Offences can get sticky and make our interactions uncomfortable, but they do not have to remain ‘offences.’ God constantly makes a way! Have you noticed that the things God asks of us, we see Him exemplify in scripture remarkably? God gave His beloved son as an atonement for the sins of the world. Where would we be if God held our sins against us?
As long as human beings remain ‘human,’ offences will continue to exist in our interactions with others. Stepping on each other’s toes is inevitable, even in ministry. You may be wondering why a brother wronged you in an unpleasant manner, and in the blink of an eye, you will be the one needing forgiveness from another. That is the fallible nature of humankind.
It is rather easy to magnify the sins of another while conveniently forgetting about ours. However, our opening scripture highlights the fact that while we may be holding a brother’s offence against him, our own wrongs against God may be screaming out against us too. If we want to enjoy the Father’s forgiveness and shelter of His love, we must be willing to let go when we are offended.
We have all freely been sheltered from God’s wrath by the outpouring of precious blood; the blood of His own son. If we have lavishly received His forgiveness, which has catered even for the sins we are yet to commit, on what basis can we stand to hold a brother’s sin against him? Forgiving a brother is extending to another, the grace we have freely received from God.
When we stand in prayer, we must not allow unforgiveness to be a barrier between our open heavens and us. Let us extend the mercy and grace we constantly receive from our Father to flow like a refreshing river to others when they wrong us.
Thank You, Jesus, for forgiving all my sins. Make me a channel of Your grace and mercy as I extend forgiveness to those that wrong me. Amen.
Further Reading: Matthew 18:21–35
Bible In One Year: Psalms [141–144]