Condition For Effective Prayer

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.
— Mark 11:25

We cannot expect God to forgive us and answer our prayers if we are willingly disobedient and unforgiving. 

Before we pray, we have a task... to search our hearts for unforgiveness. Jesus promises His disciples in the previous verses that they can move mountains with their prayers. But, in order to receive forgiveness from The Father and answers to our prayers, we must forgive. 

Holding unforgiveness in our hearts stifles the power of the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. 

God longs to forgive us and communicate with us through prayer. But, we need willing and open hearts full of love and forgiveness. 

"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Ephesians 4:31,32

When we stand in forgiveness, our prayers have power. Powerful prayers come from a place of love, faith, and humility. God listens not only to our words but looks at our heart condition. 

What we open ourselves up to give we also open ourselves up to receive. 

To Ponder: 

Are my blessings being delayed due to unforgiveness in my heart?


Heavenly Father, 

If there is any unforgiveness harbored in my heart, reveal it to me through Your Holy Spirit. I want to forgive much as I have been forgiven much. I come before You humbly knowing that I am unworthy. Thank You for forgiveness through Your Son. As I pass on the forgiveness, that I have received, I thank You that my prayers have power. 

"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16

In Jesus Name, Amen. 

Lori HilComment