Forgive Others Before Praying
Updated: Dec 9, 2021
We would not be able to have answers to our prayers if God dealt with us according to our sins. Every answer to prayer depends on believing in God’s forgiving grace. God pardons us and this opens the door to His favor and blessing, because He has forgiven our confessed sins, so our prayers will be effective. God’s forgiving heart that is displayed in His love to us, should transform us into having a forgiving heart as well. This is a result of the love of God that has grown in our hearts. If someone hurts us, we are to forgive them and not hold the offense against them, because God does not hold offenses against us.
PRAYER TIP #23 – Forgive Others Before Praying
“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:25
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.”
"If an injury or injustice is done to us, we must seek first of all to maintain a Christlike disposition—to be kept from a desire to defend out rights or to punish the offender. Instead, we must seek to forgive as God in Christ has forgiven us, diffusing anger and judgment."
- Andrew Murray
Prayer Points – (Pray over these requests)
We ask that You guide us by the Spirit of wisdom to expose any unforgiveness that we are carrying in our hearts.
Although we may not “feel like forgiving” help us to lay our feelings aside and obey You.
Help us to diffuse anger and judgment and not allow ourselves to be offended again at a sin we had previously forgiven.
May we continuously practice the lifestyle of granting forgiveness and walking in love to honor You and get answers to our prayers.
Dear Lord, we praise You for always being faithful to empower us to get to the next step in our spiritual development. You know that at times forgiveness is difficult because of the repercussions of the offense we have experienced, but we choose to forgive in Jesus’ name. We ask that You always convict us so we would not develop a root of bitterness that would hinder us in our lives and be a bad example to those we influence. We ask that we would have a Christlike disposition and not take revenge, but trust that to You, for you have said; Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. Romans 12:19.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen