Hindrance to Prayer by Pastor W.F Kumuyi




TEXT: MARK 11:20-26

MEMORY VERSE: “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses” (MARK 11:25-26).

John Mason said, “Without forgiveness, life is governed by an endless circle of resentment and retaliation.” Jesus prayed much and encouraged His disciples to do so. He also taught them how to pray. However, He warned against not forgiving offenders as a hindrance to prayers. He narrated a fearful parable to illustrate the danger of lack of forgiveness. A man was handed over to the tormentors as he pleaded for mercy, but refused to forgive his debtor. This is an indication that the man was merciless.

Offences come every day and people can hurt us willfully or unintentionally. Sometimes, the wound is so deep that it is difficult to forgive. But, as a child of God, you cannot harbour bitterness in your heart. When you forgive someone, you set a prisoner free – yourself. Yes, you are helping yourself most when you forgive others their offences. Sow mercy, and you will reap mercy. Ask for grace from God to forgive all that have offended you. Then, you will see that your relationship with God will flow freely and your prayers will be answered.

QUOTE: Sow mercy and you will reap mercy.

CHALLENGE: Offences come every day and we should forgive offenders.

PRAYER: Lord, give me the grace to forgive.

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