Posted by: admin888 Post Date: June 12, 2019

Please Forgive Me, Lord

And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us” (Luke 11:4). There are a number of deep truths about kingdom living in Jesus’ model prayer. Here, He was saying, “When you pray, consider those with whom you are in relationship.” Check to see if anyone has anything against you or if you are holding anything against anyone. Don’t expect answers to prayer if you ask God to forgive you but refuse to forgive others.

Jesus made this sobering statement: “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14–15). If God doesn’t forgive you, He won’t answer your prayer. We often overlook the importance of our relationships and how they affect our prayers. For example, we go to church and sing a few worship songs, quickly forgetting our anger at others and subsequently neglecting to resolve to make things right. We let the songs cover up our anger, but it remains. Later, we remember what made us angry, and we allow it to fester into bitterness. Yet having good relationships is one of the keys to answered prayer:

Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.(Matthew 5:23–24)

Prayer: Father, I ask for Your forgiveness. Help me to remember to forgive others as soon as I am injured, so that I can be free in my relationship with You.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought: Having good relationships is one of the keys to answered prayer.

Reading: Deuteronomy 1–2; Mark 10:1–31

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