Prayer is an essential tool for believers. We all have heard of the Lord’s Prayer (Matt 6: 9-15) and yet the emphasis on forgiveness during our prayer life is very often over looked.
Without forgiveness we are unable to love fully and pray effectively which causes communication problems with God and people. We can still go to church, we can still play the part, but under it all, there is a darkness, that causes a mist to form. This fog limits our ability to see clearly and causes an interruption in effective connection with God and people.
1Corinthians 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
For many people forgiveness is the hardest thing in the world to do.
The word itself is so reassuring. A word that we all rely on and hope for daily in our own lives. We can be the first inline to ask for forgiveness from God when we have fallen short, but when it comes time to forgive other people or even themselves it can seem like an impossible task. But as it says in Matt 6, the two are very tightly intertwined.
If we do not forgive others, then God will not forgive us.
Matt 6:14-15 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
But its not impossible. Nothing is impossible in God. It’s a choice. Let go of the resentment and let God heal you! Stop using your resentment and pain as a place of comfort and see it as something that is a spiritual defect that needs to go. Choosing to go in God’s direction instead of the path of the world.
I have heard the bitterness come out of my own mouth in the past. I have heard my words of pain and suffering come out as bitterness when I talk about someone who has hurt me. I have heard my words putting people down, because they have pushed my buttons and made me angry or upset. I have felt what it is to have the desire to put those who have sinned against me up for show to shame them in front of the world. I have felt grief and pain alot. I have not always handled it according to the will of God. But now I know and am aware. I want to ensure that this defect is corrected. I dont always get it right, but I am now aware and convicted of such activities. Thank you God for this revelation. I pray that I will be always walk in forgiveness for the rest of my days.
Col 3:12-15 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
No grey area. No Reasoning Out of This One.
Need Help to Be Released of Unforgiveness!
Seek the leadership or elders in your church and ask for prayer support and direction in this area. Humble yourself and confess openly of your struggle with the forgiving of others or even yourself. Acknowledge that forgiveness is a step towards freedom from bondage.
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your faults to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
So the next time you step up to pray anywhere, please take a moment to see if you have a foggy area of unforgiveness and decide that now is the time to bring in the light. Be free. Try it out, you wont regret it. May the true peace of God dwell in your hearts always.